Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are Away

November 13, 2017 5:32 pm

shutterstock_741099100The holiday season means traveling for many people. With so many items to check off your to-do list, it is important to ensure that your home is safe while you are away. Plan ahead so that nothing goes awry while you and your family are on vacation.

Follow these tips to make sure that your home is safe while you are away:

Mail and Newspapers: Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your home while you are gone and have them retrieve your mail and newspapers so they don’t accumulate. Having an overflowing mailbox or a pile of untouched newspapers is a sure sign that your home has been empty for several days. You can also place a “stop” on your mail at the post office or through USPS.com.

Indoor and Outdoor Lights: Nothing makes a home seem lived in like lights on inside. Use a timer for both indoor and outdoor lighting systems. Set the timers for indoor lights to come on in the evening to make it appear that someone is home. Amazon offers several options for light timers such as this outlet timer and this digital timer.

Doors and Windows: It may go without saying, but make sure that all doors and windows are locked. Additionally, check your deadbolts. Once deadbolts reach 10 to 15 years of age, they become weaker and much easier to kick in. For extra window protection, you can put dowel rods inside the window frames, which gives them more strength.

Curtains: While it may seem like a good idea to close your curtains so that people are not able to peer into you home, it is best to leave them as you normally keep them. Noticeable changes can hint that nobody is home, especially if the curtains are left closed for an extended period of time. Closed curtains also stop those who aim to help, such as neighbors or law enforcement, from seeing inside your home.

Pipes: Consider turning off your water supply while you are away to avoid water damage from busted pipes or appliances. To be certain that all of the water is drained out of the pipes, open the faucets after the water supply has been cut off.

I want you to have a safe and happy holiday! Use these tips to ensure that your home is in the best possible shape when you return so that you can enjoy yourself without worry while you are away.

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