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5 Tips for Soothing Arthritis Hand Pain This Winter

5 Tips for Soothing Arthritis Hand Pain This Winter

By Everyday Health Guest Columnist

Published Jan 20, 2016

By Thomas Cohn, MD, Special to Everyday Health

Winter is often the worst time of year if you have arthritis in your hands.

Your hands and wrists have more than 25 joints combined, and the more joints an area has, the more potential structures arthritis can affect.

When your hands are cold, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints don’t move as easily as they do when they’re warm. Arthritic joints can become stiff because joint fluid isn’t moving as freely as it should. Joint fluid reacts to cold just like the oil in our cars: As it gets chillier, the fluid becomes thicker and doesn’t move as easily.

Winter weather often exaggerates painful sensations for a variety of reasons. But there are many things you can do to prevent pain and discomfort from settling in your hands during the winter. Some of these are common sense, while others require more effort to prevent arthritis pain.

Here are my five tips for keeping arthritis pain at bay during the cold winter months.

1. Choose Mittens Over Gloves

First and foremost, keeping your hands warm during the winter is the best way to prevent arthritis flare-ups. If you need to go outside, always wear adequate hand protection. Begin wearing gloves when the temperature gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your hands warm and prevent joint stiffness.

When it comes to picking out an accessory to keep your hands warm, mittens are often better than gloves, which separate the fingers and can lose their effectiveness in temperatures below about 25 degrees. Having liners in the mittens will keep your hands warm in temperatures well below zero.

2. Keep Your Hands Moving

Its also key to keep your hands warm indoors. Movement will keep the blood flowing to your hands, and simple exercises like gripping a ball or rubbing your hands together can get the blood circulating. Total body movement will also help to get your blood pumping — and warm your hands as a result.

When you start to feel pain or discomfort in your hands, find something you can do to keep them active and get the blood flowing. Whether thats exercises or vacuuming, keeping your hands busy can provide noticeable pain relief.

3. Try Some Warm Water

If activity isnt doing a great job of helping your blood circulate quickly to your hands, head over to the sink. Soaking your hands in hot water, doing the dishes, or just running warm water over your hands and rubbing them together will loosen them up and make them more comfortable. If warm water works for you, consider investing in a home hot-paraffin bath, or treat yourself to a warm-wax hand treatment. The wax has a small amount of oil in it that moisturizes your skin and keeps your hands supple.

4. Slather On Lotions and Medicated Creams

The joints, muscles, and ligaments of your hands and wrists are very superficial — that is, close to the skin. Using lotion to keep your skin moist and prevent cracking during the winter also helps prevent joint discomfort.

Medicated creams may also help, because they usually have additives that help decrease pain. Aspirin cream, and creams that contain anti-inflammatories, can be very effective for hand joint pain; they have minimal to no systemic effect on the body and are safe when taken with other medications, like blood thinners. For maximum effectiveness and significant relief of hand pain, use medicated creams up to four times a day.

5. Consider Herbal Remedies and Anti-Inflammatory Foods

If your hand joint pain becomes severe or your joints change in shape and size, you may need more intense treatment. The first step in in this direction may be herbal remedies. The ones commonly used for arthritis include fish oil and chondroitin with glucosamine. Scientific studies have shown mixed results of their true effectiveness, but some people have found them to be very helpful.

The next step is over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, like naproxen and ibuprofen, to control inflammation. If you’re taking these, always follow directions carefully and never take them on an empty stomach. Be sure to check with your doctor to see if it’s okay to take OTC drugs like these with your other current medications.

Dietary changes to include more foods that have anti-inflammatory properties may also help. These might include green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, nuts, berries, and fish, which have all been shown to reduce and control inflammation. Stock your fridge with plenty of these options as the temperatures drop.

Thomas Cohn, MD, is a physiatrist with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Sartell, Minnesota. He’s board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in pain management, by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

PHOTO: Uwe Umstatter/Corbis

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Unleashing the next generation of homeowners

All across America, this story repeats itself. Millions of habitable homes sit unoccupied. 

In 2014, the percentage of houses sold to first-time homebuyers dropped to 33 percent, the lowest level in three decades. These separate but related conditions retard economic growth, depressing home purchases across our country. These trends must be reversed. Debtors must become equity stakeholders.

The current, slow recovery is the first since World War II in which housing has not led our economy forward. At the end of last year, nearly 17 million homes sat vacant in the United States. 

That’s enough empty homes to house the combined populations of Ohio and Indiana. Vacant structures also drag down adjacent property values and contribute to a downward spiral in neighborhood stability and worth.

Last year, more than 57,000 homes sat vacant in my congressional district alone. Just in October 2015, there were more than 5,300 homes in my home state of Ohio that remained on the market for nine months or longer. Those homes have a combined value of $1.9 billion. These under-invested assets represent a vast, untapped source of wealth creation for families and our nation.

Meanwhile, student debt in the US currently totals $1.3 trillion. More than 40 million Americans have at least one outstanding student loan, a number that is up significantly from 29 million Americans just 10 years ago. Student loan debt is weighing down millions of young families, effectively locking out their buying power to purchase their first home, the most common way in which Americans have grown wealth in previous eras.

There is a lending instrument already in widespread use that could serve as a bridge for creditworthy student borrowers to become homeowners: the home mortgage. This common tool has the power over time to transform the stream of student loan repayments by creditworthy individuals into homeownership.

Building a road forward for student debt holders through the home mortgage instrument would require cooperation of three federal departments: the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Treasury Department. 

This presents a surmountable challenge. An initial test of this concept could take the form of a pilot project directed through HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Creditworthy federal student debt holders could be connected with available housing properties held by or serviced through the federal government or local county land banks.

By arranging prudent financing alternatives that recalculate terms, debt-to-income ratios, mortgage interest rates and other factors, the FHA could transition shorter-term student debt into longer-term home ownership. The economic and financial gains are potentially even greater in the long run as housing values rise. 

Over time, participants would help restore neighborhoods, transform their debt to equity, buoy property values locally and improve the FHA ledger simply by maintaining and investing in a home.

The status quo has created a permanent debtor class of millions of student borrowers. This is not in the public interest. Instead, America needs home equity stakeholders. If America continues to do nothing, thousands more student debt holders will live, work and eventually retire without ever escaping the burden of their debt. At the same time, first-time housing purchases will continue to be retarded, and our neighborhood housing stock deteriorates.

Congress has the power to release the debt stranglehold on the next generation. 

Let’s transform student loan repayments into equity stakeholders. We have the resources, the power, a compelling economic interest and a moral responsibility to do something about unshackling the aspiring generation. Let’s get started.

Kaptur has represented Ohio’s 9th Congressional District since 1983. She sits on the Appropriations Committee.

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Handyman Hints: Accepting your stone foundation

We owned a century home with a stone foundation once. Once!
As a result, when it comes to giving advice to those persons looking to invest in a home built before the invention of the automobile, and who have further ideas of transforming this stone foundation into useable storage space, I can only offer the following, may the strength and courage of your faith guide you accordingly.
My faith guided me right back up the stairs to our kitchen table, where within 45 minutes I had completed a drawing and structural details to our future garden shed. Thats my recommendation to those persons looking to use a stone basement for anything other than keeping a few bottles of wine slightly chilled build the more convenient and certainly more practical alternative, that being a shed.
Should all stone foundations be judged so harshly? Absolutely.
However, the guidelines as to how user friendly a stone basement is, lies entirely on the reparation work done by the previous owner. In our case, the previous tenants were farmers and retired crafters.
So, the basement was left relatively unchanged since its modest beginnings in 1825. Which, meant whitewashed stone walls, an uneven ground floor, along with the standard be prepared to duck floor to ceiling beam height of about 5-1/2 feet.
Plus, two inches of floodwater would appear like clockwork every first day of spring. As a result, considering this basement area for storage space (provided it was off the floor) was slim, with any thoughts of potential living area being created out of this dungeon about as likely as a Stanley Cup parade down Yonge Street.
Needless to say, we continued the trend of ignoring the basement issue, and chose to instead direct our home renewal funds towards a new kitchen and subsequent pool.
However, what an engineer, or more structurally inclined fellow would have done, is address the basement.
How? By steadying the home with a new series of joists and strategically placed hydraulic jacks, the basement floor would be dug down a further three feet.
Next, with a new footing installed, and poured concrete knee-wall supporting the existing stone structure, we would lay the lines to our internal weeping tile system and sump pump well.
Finally, a concrete floor would be spread and levelled overtop. Thats a previous owner who would have done us one heck of a favor, regardless of the cost.
Moral of the story, for best results, buy a home formerly owned by an engineer. Otherwise, most stone foundations are caught somewhere in between their original state and complete renewal, having been subject to the usual piecemeal grout repairs.
Should a future home buyer be concerned about investing in a home with a stone foundation? Absolutely not.
We loved our stone home, and could we have logistically moved it to our new property without the aid of four Sea King helicopters, we probably would have.
Like everything else in this world, if you love most of what you see, youre going to accept some of the weaknesses.
Is a stone foundation a concern? Stone foundations are energy losers. Solid rock is a poor insulator, while the mortar joints are responsible for continual air and moisture infiltration.
Now, combine that scenario with a ground floor, or concrete floor that may be cracked or in disrepair, and were talking one heck of an influx of dampness.
Remedy? If youve got 200 thousand bucks to spend, you re-do the basement in the aforementioned manner. Otherwise, your goal will be controlling the water, which can be accomplished by addressing the sloping landscape and eavestrough systems outside, with the possible help of a weeping tile line and sump pump unit inside.
With a strategy in place to handle the rain and ground water, a proper concrete floor, complete with ridged foam board and vapor barrier, would be the next step, solving most of the moisture issues, while at least providing you with a somewhat useable storage space.
Good building.

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Lifestyle: Seven Tech Items That Will Optimize Your Super Bowl Viewing Experience

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 In a few short weeks, Super Bowl 50 will kick off from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Unless you’re made of cash or have some pretty slick connections, chances are you won’t be able to watch the game in person. Spoiler: Super Bowl tickets are really, really expensive.

Sure, you could go to a friend’s house, or you could catch the game at the bar. But where’s the fun in that?

You know you want to host a Super Bowl party this year — or at least kick back on your couch and catch the game with your significant other. But do you have the right setup?

The good news is, in 2016, it’s easier than ever to convert your living room into an incredible Super Bowl viewing experience. And, assuming you’re sitting on a little bit of cash, you won’t even have to break the bank to do it.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven pieces of tech you need to have if you’re considering hosting a party for the big game — or even are just entertaining a few friends or yourself.

  1. A Killer Television

Don’t think about inviting a ton of guests over for the Super Bowl if your television still has rabbit ears. Hosting a great party — or even enjoying the game thoroughly — starts with having a fantastic flat screen television.

Luckily, since the technology has evolved over the years, such TVs are relatively affordable — at least when compared to how much they cost when they first came out.

Drawing a blank as to what you should look for in a new TV? Here’s a helpful list.

Think you’re a sucker for buying a TV specifically for the big game? Think again: According to a recent survey, 22 percent of Americans buy their televisions specifically for Super Bowl viewing parties.

  1. Surround Sound

The fact is, not all of us have a fully-equipped man cave that is perfect for watching the game, and that’s okay. For a comprehensive viewing experience, you may also want to upgrade your sound system — stock TV speakers likely won’t cut it, particularly if you have a bunch of guests over.

Depending on the size and layout of your entertainment room, you may opt to go for a full-blown surround sound system. If this sounds like your situation, be sure to spend a majority of your sound budget on the speakers themselves instead of related equipment.

Keep in mind that if you have a small space, a sound bar will probably suffice.

  1. A Tablet or Similar Mobile Device

Don’t kid yourself: As much as you like watching the game, you also like paying attention to the stats to see who’s having what kind of game. By having a tablet or laptop nearby, you’re able to quickly pull up real-time game stats, making it easier to keep tabs on each player’s performance.

And the best part? If you act smoothly enough, your guests or significant other won’t even realize your embarrassing addiction.

  1. A Universal Remote Control

These days, it seems like everyone has 100 remote controls — and more get added to the pile every few weeks. To make sure you’re not scrambling around looking for the right remote at the last minute, consider buying a universal remote control. If you grab a great one, you’ll be able to operate all of your devices — your TV, your Roku, your Blu-ray player and your sound system — from one central remote.

  1. An Air-Conditioned Cooler

First things first: You can’t enjoy the big game if you’re thirsty. Since you don’t want to miss any of the action, grab an air-conditioned cooler — such as this IcyBreeze — and stick it on the ground next to wherever you’re posting up for the afternoon or evening. Such a device will keep all of your beverages cold for as long as six hours, and you won’t have to get up from your spot and head to the refrigerator to grab another round.  

  1. A Killer Blender

It’s a shame not everyone prefers a drink that could be stored in your super sweet air-conditioned cooler. Some folks like other drinks. While the boozehounds can make their own martinis, guests who prefer daiquiris and margaritas will likely enjoy your company a whole lot more if you outfit your kitchen with an awesome new blender.

Do a little research to figure out what the best blender for making frozen drinks is, and then open your wallet. Your guests will thank you.

  1. A Home Automation System

Once the game starts, you don’t want to have to keep getting up off the couch to turn the heat up or down, turn lights on or off or dim them, or even check whether the dishwasher’s finished its load. Good news: By investing in a home automation system and the associated smart appliances, you’re able to monitor and manage your home from your mobile device.

That way, when guests arrive late and knock on your front door because it’s locked, you can let them in with a tap of the finger instead of missing any game time.

Enjoy the game!

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Southampton vs West Brom betting preview with bet365 odds and our tips and …

Southampton host West Brom at St. Mary’s this weekend priced as bet365’s 8/11 favourites to continue their push away from the Premier League drop-zone by keeping all three points on the South Coast.

There is a lot to recommend investing in a home win in this one.

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Bearish real estate sector: Time to take a home loan?

Adhil Shetty
BankBazaar.com

Timing the marketwhether in equity or real estateis fraught with risk. Future prices can never be predicted with any degree accuracy that provides any comfort. However, in the real estate market, the price volatility is not as severe as in the equity market. Therefore, a buyer or an investor can still take a relatively sanguine bet on the future price movements in real estate.

As the situation stands today, buyers expect a further drop in property prices before they recover and start moving northward in a year or two. Not just that, they expect the interest rates to fall further and enter the sub-9% region. These are the two possibilities holding back many buyers from taking a plunge into the real estate market.

Often, it helps to know the likely impact on the buyers cash outflow and net savings under different circumstanceslikely price fluctuations, interest rate movements and tax savings.

In an attempt to decode the impact of these market forces on your real estate investment, we outline different scenarios and evaluate the impact of these scenarios on a prospective buyers financial positions by analyzing three different cash flows: gains or losses from property prices fluctuations, home loan interest rate movements, and the total tax savings.

Scenario 1: Buy now, prices are down, rates are down, also get tax savings

One of the prime attractions for investors of investing in a home property is the potential tax savings under Sections 80C and 24 of the IT Act. However, when the real estate market is already bearish, any appreciation in property prices can offset the gains from tax savings.

So, it may be worthwhile to consider buying property now or in the near future when property prices are muted and interest rates have come down.

Suppose the property you intend to buy currently costs Rs. 50 lakh. If you were to buy this property today, you would take a loan of around Rs. 43 lakh (85% of the property price) for, say, a period of 20 years at a rate of interest of 9%.

Scenario 2: Buy later, prices remain down, rates may go further down, also get tax savings

Another option can be to wait for a few months to see if interest rates fall further while property prices still remain muted, therefore therell be three savings: on property price, on interest repaid on home loan, and on taxes.

Let us say the property price goes down to Rs 45 lakh after a few months. For this, your loan requirement would go down proportionately to Rs 38 lakh over a period of 20 years. Let us also assume that interest rates fall further to 8.5% after 6-12 months.

Scenario 3: Buy later, prices may go up, rates may go further down, also get tax savings

The final scenario is, while you wait for interest rates to fall further, property prices may appreciate in the meantime if demand starts picking up. This may potentially wipe out some of or all your gains from the lower interest rates and tax savings.

Assuming the price of the same property goes up to Rs 55 lakh after a few months, your loan requirement would shoot up to Rs 47 lakh, however at a lowered interest rate of 8.5% (assuming they have decreased further from the current 9%).

In all scenarios above, we have assumed that the average interest rate over the loan tenure of 20 years would be the same as it is in the first year.

Comparing the scenarios

Scenarios 1 versus 2: In scenario 2, you pay Rs. 5 lakh lesser for the property. You also pay Rs. 8.7 lakh lesser interest on your home loan over the next 20 years. However, your total tax savings also go down by around Rs. 70,000 as compared to Scenario 1.

Nonetheless, you make a net saving of around Rs. 13 lakh by waiting for the property prices and home loan rates to come down.

Scenario 1 versus 3: Now, while you wait for interest rates to fall further, what if the property price goes up to Rs. 55 lakhs. In this case, you pay Rs. 5 lakhs more for the property price, your interest cost over the 20-year period goes up by around Rs. 1 lakh as compared to Scenario 1. However, you get higher tax savings of around Rs. 31,000 than what you get in Scenario 1. As compared to Scenario 1, your net cash flows go up by around Rs. 5.7 lakhs despite the higher tax savings and lower interest rates.

From the above two examples, it is clear that even a small appreciation in property prices is enough to negate completely or reverse any gains from tax savings and lower interest rates. While awaiting further lowering of home loan interest rates is a fair expectation and a smart move, the buyer stands to gain only if property prices too go down simultaneously, or at worst, remain at current levels.

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Betting Preview: Barcelona vs Granada

After three draws in their last four league matches for Barcelona, the visit of Granada to the Camp Nou comes at a good time for the reigning La Liga champions.

Their last league game against Espanyol saw them miss a few glorious chances to record their first draw of the season in a 0-0 draw at the Power8 Stadium.

However, they will surely win and win convincingly against a Granada side who we expect to be little more than sacrificial opponents in Catalonia on Saturday. The Andalusians have conceded in every away game they have played this season, shipping four goals at lowly Las Palmas in their last match on the road.

Last season Granada famously conceded nine goals at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid while they fared little better in Barcelona losing 6-0 at the Camp Nou, and on paper this should be a high scoring win for Luis Enriques side.

Bet365 offer the hosts at just 1/20 (1.05) for the win, while Granada are priced at an optimistic 33/1 (34.00) and another draw for the Catalans can be backed at 14/1 (15.00). This game will also be shown live on the bet365 website, on mobile and via the bookmakers mobile apps so UK customers can watch the action unfold.

Clearly this is one of the most one-sided markets we will see in La Liga this season, and there are few selections that really appeal. Over 1.5 goals in the first half is offered at just 1/3 (1.33) while over 3.5 goals in the game is priced at 4/9 (1.44).

Both are likely to pay out but neither are prices that will entice the average punter, although the odds of evens (2.00) for five goals or more in the game could be of interest to some.

Also of potential interest is the price of 5/6 (1.83) for Barcelona to score before 20 minutes, although looking back at their goals this season only one of their 40 league strikes has come befoe the 20 minute mark.

Instead we will take some higher odds by backing Barcelona to net over 4.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50), which looks the best way of investing in a home win at a healthy price.

Granada have the second worst defence in La Liga and have a poor record at the Camp Nou, where Barca will surely be able to record a win with an impressive number of goals scored.

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Unleash the next generation of homeowners: Renegotiate student loan debt

The current slow recovery is the first since World War II where housing has not led our economy forward. At the end of last year, nearly 17 million homes sat vacant in the United States. That’s enough empty homes to house the combined populations of Ohio and Indiana. Vacant structures also drag down adjacent property values and contribute to a downward spiral in neighborhood stability and worth.

Last year, more than 57,000 homes sat vacant in my congressional district alone.  Just in October 2015, there were more than 5,300 homes in my home state of Ohio that remained on the market for nine months or longer. Those homes have a combined value of $1.9 billion. These under-invested assets represent a vast untapped source of wealth creation for families and our nation.

Meanwhile, student debt in the US currently totals $1.3 trillion. More than 40 million Americans have at least one outstanding student loan, a number that is up significantly from 29 million Americans just ten years ago. Student loan debt is weighing down millions of young families, effectively locking out their buying power to purchase their first home, the most common way in which Americans have grown wealth in previous eras.

There is a popular lending instrument already in widespread use that could serve as a bridge for credit-worthy student borrowers to become homeowners: the home mortgage. This common lending tool has the power over time to transform the stream of student loan repayments by credit worthy individuals into home ownership. 

Building a road forward for student debt holders through the home mortgage instrument would require cooperation of three federal departments: the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the US Treasury Department.  This presents a surmountable challenge. An initial test of this concept could take the form of a pilot project directed through HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  Credit worthy federal student debt holders could be connected with available housing properties held by or serviced through the federal government or local county land banks.

By arranging prudent financing alternatives that recalculate terms, debt-to-income ratios, mortgage interest rates and other factors, FHA could transition shorter-term student debt into longer term home ownership. The economic and financial gains are potentially even greater in the long run as housing values rise. Over time, participants would help restore neighborhoods, transform their debt to equity, buoy property values locally and improve the FHA ledger simply by maintaining and investing in a home.

The status quo has created a permanent debtor class of millions of student borrowers. This is not in the public interest. Instead, America needs home equity stakeholders. If America continues to do nothing, thousands more student debt holders will live, work, and eventually retire without ever escaping the burden of their sunk debt. At the same time, first time housing purchases will continue to be retarded, and our neighborhood housing stock deteriorate.

Congress has the power to unleash the debt stranglehold on the next generation. Let’s transform student loan repayments into equity stakeholds. We have the resources, the power, a compelling economic interest, and a moral responsibility to do something about unshackling the aspiring generation. Let’s get started.

Kaptur has represented Ohio’s 9th Congressional District since 1983. She sits on the Appropriations Committee.

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Betting Preview: Athletic Bilbao v Villarreal

Although there are plenty of interesting looking ties in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, this is arguably the stand-out fixture of the round as last seasons runners up Athletic Bilbao host an in-form Villarreal side.

In La Liga, the Yellow Submarine are flying high having recorded five successive wins to move five points clear in fourth spot.

Athletic stalled a little bit at the weekend as they were surprisingly held at home by Las Palmas 2-2 although they generally have been extremely solid at home with Barcelona and Real Madrid the only teams to win at San Mames this term.

The Copa means squad rotation for most sides and these two will be no different, but both will take this fixture seriously with NetBet offering the hosts at 5/6 (1.83) while Villarreal are available at 67/20 (4.35) and the draw can be backed at 12/5 (3.40).

As mentioned the Basques have been generally very strong in their own stadium this season and there will be plenty of interest in the price offered for them to record a first leg victory. There have been 15 competitive fixtures at San Mames this season of which Athletic have won 10, a record which will give those punters investing in a home win plenty of confidence.

For slightly higher odds the price of 11/10 (2.10) for over 2.5 goals in the game is also worthy of consideration especially given the abundance of goals we have seen in Bilbao this season. This selection
has paid out 11 times so far and has a great chance of doing so once more when Villarreal visit.

The side from Castellon have scored in 14 of their 18 games in all competitions this campaign but have kept just six clean sheets. The statistics point to a high scoring encounter therefore, and the price for at least three goals looks generous.

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Police give tips to keep your home safe during the holidays

An FBI study found that more than 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the months of November and December each year. 

This time of year burglars use this as a time of opportunity looking for gifts, credit cards, cash, anything of value, said Lt. Mike Kovaleff with the Palm Springs Police Department.

But there are easy things you can do to make your home less of a target.

It may seem obvious but the best tip is lock your doors and windows, even if youre home.

Put your lights on timers so they turn on while youre away.

Make your home look like someones home. Make sure the mail isnt piled up, newspapers piled up, fliers on your doors arent gathering, Kovaleff said.

Make sure youre blinds are closed so no one can see into your home and be tempted by all the gifts under the tree.

Theyre looking for electronics, televisions, computers, tablets, phones, cash, jewelry, anything thats readily available to them, Kovaleff said. 

Its not just burglars you nee to worry about.

The American Red Cross said candle fires are four times as likely to occur in the winter months. 

A great alternative, especially if you have pets, are flameless candles. 

Police suggest investing in a home security system.

The most important thing about an alarm system is that it gets the attention of the crook and maybe if the siren goes off then it alerts the neighborhood. And it puts the thief on a timer so they dont have all the time in the world to start taking things, Kovaleff said.

Once the holidays are over avoid leaving boxes out from expensive gifts.

It alerts burglars to what they might find inside the house.

Another interesting tip is you shouldnt be posting on social media what you got from Santa.

Its just another advertisement to whats inside your house.

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