Fall is here and the holidays are upon us! Aunt Alice is probably already calling about the family’s plans. Over the hill and through the woods to Grandma’s house may be the perfect way to spend the holiday, but it can be stressful if your home isn’t safe and sound before skipping town. Here are 3 tips to keep your home safe while you’re away for the holidays!
1. Turn Off and Unplug Appliances
Going on a long trip? Turning off your appliances, or even unplugging them is a good way of giving yourself some piece of mind. Unplugging appliances such as computers, coffee pots, and garage doors will help reduce the risk of electrical fires.
2. Hire a Babysitter
Know a good friend or neighbor who is willing to house sit for you? Not only can they take care of your house, they can make sure your pipes don’t freeze!
3. No Vacancy
Keep your house from appearing vacant. Make sure to turn on exterior lights. A completely dark house is the first sign a burglar will look for. You can even have a neighbor bring out your garbage and recycling each week to keep your house from looking vacant.
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