Homeowners Safety While on Vacation

Posted by Safeco March 17, 2014

Taking a Spring Break? Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

Homeowners Safety While on Vacation

For many, the winter months are a welcome time to escape the short days and chilly temperatures by taking a vacation. And is there a better way to celebrate the end of winter than to take a spring break?

Whether you’re going to bask on a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding, you have to take precautions to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. After all, what could be worse than returning from a relaxing break or an active adventure to find a disaster has occurred, such as a break-in, or water or fire damage?

To ensure your vacation doesn’t end in tragedy, follow these tips before you go.

  • Check for any leaks and fix them. For example, ensure your refrigerator ice maker is not leaking!
     
  • Turn furnace and hot water heaters down. Set your heater at approximately 50 degrees to ensure pipes and appliances don’t freeze. But if you have pets and they are going to be in the house, set it closer to 72 degrees.
     
  • If you have pets, make arrangements for their comfort and safety: either board them or have a friend come over daily to care for them.
     
  • Unplug all appliances, such as coffee makers, toasters and exercise equipment.
     
  • Leave a light or two on so the house doesn’t appear deserted at night.
     
  • Lower blinds and close curtains so that passers-by can’t view your valuables.
     
  • Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so they can enter the home in case of emergency.
     
  • Have a friend or neighbor bring in newspapers and mail or cancel delivery for both during the time when you’ll be away.

If you have the opportunity to get away, we wish you happy trails, and hope you come home to a safe and welcoming home!

 

Your homeowners insurance also helps keep your home safe. Learn about Safeco home insurance.

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