Summer is when most families choose to take their vacation. Getting away from work and home for a week or two is just what some people need to unwind and recharge but vacations can be stressful if you’re worrying about the safety of your home. Leaving your home alone for two weeks is a long time and many accidents and other inconveniences can take place during that period that could prove costly. Theft, fires and flooding are all potential hazards but if you follow a few home preparation safety tips you’ll be able to have more peace of mind when you’re away from home.
A Trusted Neighbor – If you aren’t around for two weeks it helps to have someone who is. A trusted neighbor may be the best defense for your home. Someone who can pick up the mail so it isn’t obvious that no one is home and can periodically enter the home to check that everything is in order is a valuable service that will make it appear that someone is still at home, an effective deterrent for robbers.
Lighting – You can’t always count on your neighbor, they have their homes to look after also, so it helps to have your interior and exterior lights set on a timer that will give the illusion that someone is home. You may also want to install motion sensing lights around the property perimeter and have lights that can illuminate at least 100 feet around the home.
Don’t publicize your Plans – In today’s instant message and social media culture it’s tempting to share your vacation highlights. Tweeting on Twitter, posting on Facebook and sharing pictures on Instagram may be fun but it’s also telling lurking thieves that you are not home. Don’t think your profiles are 100% safe from being viewed by people you don’t know and the less you broadcast about your whereabouts the less chance a thief has to find your home empty. Wait until after you return to post your pictures.
Check Your Locks – Locks are your home’s first line of defense against intruders. If you’re in a new home, make sure to have the door locks replaced. If your locks are old, make sure they’re working well and have them replaced with new, modern locks if need be.