Leaving Home Safe & Sound
Posted on Jun 16th, 2014
It’s that time of year when everyone begins to prepare and plan for vacations. Using these few tips will help ease your mind while you’re away from home and help you enjoy time with your family:
· Suspend regular deliveries. (Newspapers/mail/other). Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return and notify UPS if you are expecting a package. Tell your newspaper carrier to suspend service until the date of your return.
· Set timers on lights and radios. Choose timers tested for safety. You can create the illusion that you’re home by setting the timers to turn lights on and off in different areas of your home throughout the evening.
· Ask Neighbors to watch out. People you know and trust can often be your best defense. Inform your neighbors if you will be gone for an extended period of time. You may also want to leave a key to your home with them in case of an emergency.
· Securely lock all doors and windows. Did you know that in almost half of all completed residential burglaries, thieves simply breezed in through unlocked doors or crawled through unlocked windows? And don’t forget to secure any vehicle you leave behind.
· Leave curtains and blinds in their normal positions. If you are concerned about leaving blinds or curtains open on the nights that you are away from home, leave them closed. It is more common to have closed blinds during the day than it is to have them open at night.
· Unplug countertop appliances and home entertainment/computer equipment. To prevent a fire hazard, coffee makers, toasters, hair dryers and irons should be left unplugged. Unplug all TV’s and computers to protect against power surges in the event of a storm or power outage.