How To Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

Posted by Nutan Brown on Monday, November 7th, 2022 at 12:35pm.

Going on vacation can be a lot of fun. But homeowners are often worried about their home while they’re away. Putting in place a few extra security measures while your house is empty will give you extra peace of mind and allow you to fully enjoy your long-awaited break. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe.


Lock Up

It seems obvious to lock your doors before going on vacation. But don't forget to secure additional openings such as windows, pet doors or mail slots to prevent burglars from reaching in with a tool to unlock the door. If you have an automatic garage door, consider disconnecting the electronic opener and placing a padlock on the garage-door track instead.


Set Timers For Lights

Make it look like someone is at home by setting automatic timers for indoor and outdoor lights. Leaving all the lights on or off 24/7 for several days is a clear sign that no one is home. The timers should be set at times that make sense, instead of randomly turning on and off throughout the day.

 

Leave A Key With A Neighbour

Tell a trusted neighbour that you will be gone for a while, and leave a house key with them for emergencies. Never leave a spare key hidden on the property. Someone might find it and have easy access to your home.


Check Smoke Detectors

It's always a good idea to check your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors before you go away. You never know what could happen while you are away, and it's better to be safe than sorry. Replace batteries if necessary and ensure proper functioning of these devices.


Turn Off The Water

Before leaving for vacation, make sure to turn off the water to protect your home from potential damage. Water damage can be very destructive and even a small pipe bursting can cause major problems. Save yourself the time and trouble and ensure your water is turned off before leaving your home.


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