Holiday Travel: Protect Your Home While You’re Away

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Many people will leave their homes over the upcoming holiday to visit family or go on vacation. If your holiday plans include traveling – even just for a short period – here are some tips to help keep your home safe while you are away:  

1.  Outside
Make it look like you’re home by using timers on interior and exterior lights. If winter weather is expected in your area, arrange for snow removal or other appropriate services so that it is not obvious that you are away. Hold your mail and stop your newspaper delivery, or ask a friend or neighbor to pick them up daily.

2.  Vehicles
Keep your car(s) wherever you would normally, that way it looks like you’re still home. 

3.  Water
Install an automatic water leak detection and water shut off system or simply turn off the main water valve before departing. This step can save you huge headaches and costs if a pipe bursts you have an interior leak while you’re away.

4.  People you trust
Ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to keep an eye on your property. Having someone stop by can go a long way to eliminating risks.

5.  Windows and doors
Make sure exterior doors are secured with a heavy deadbolt or security bar.

6.  Social media
Don’t post your vacation plans or photos on social media. Criminals often scan social media to see if people are away.

7.  Valuables
Make sure your valuables are safe, secure and hidden. Keep fine art, expensive electronics or other valuables away from windows. Store jewelry in a safety deposit box or safe.

8.  Safety and security
Set your home alarm and contact your alarm company to let them know you’ll be out of town.

9.  Appliances and electronics
Turn off washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics. Don’t risk having water problems or damage from a power surge that won’t be taken care of for days or weeks. 

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The home safety tips included above are courtesy of the Travel Protected resource from Chubb.