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Going on Vacation? Try These 3 Home Safety Tips

by Hickerson Brothers on September 2, 2016

3 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Safeguard Your Home Against Break-Ins

Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation or a short weekend getaway for Labor Day, you’re going to want to safeguard your home against potential break-ins. Of course, the hope is always that nothing bad will happen while you’re away, however, if we’ve all learned something it’s that preparedness is key. We all have our own methods for deterring burglars, but in the end the goal is always the same: make it appear as if there is activity both inside and outside the home.

We’ve put together a list of what we believe to be the most useful home safety tips. It’s always helpful to plan ahead of time rather than on the day of. When you put together a plan in advance, we guarantee you it will be more thorough and you’ll feel much better about leaving your home.

Ask a friend or neighbor to keep watch

Before leaving on your vacation or getaway, ask a close friend or your neighbor to keep watch over your home. This might cost you some money, but we guarantee your peace of mind be worth every penny. Have them check on your home once or twice a day to ensure everything looks good. If you haven’t already done so, consider installing a surge protector to prevent any of your electronics from experiencing harmful surges. You might also want to ask them to grab your mail each day. A stuffed mailbox is a telltale sign someone isn’t home.

Alert your alarm company

If your home is equipped with a security system, ahead and alert them when you’ll be gone. This is an especially important if you’re going on an extended trip. And, of course, don’t forget to set your alarm before you leave! The final moments leading up to departure can be some of the most stressful, so include it on your “œbefore you leave” checklist or send yourself a reminder.

Use timers with your lights

The goal is to make it appear as if there is activity going on at normal times. If you keep the same one or two lights on 24 hours a day, though, this might actually attract a burglar. Instead, what you will want to do is install timers that will mimic your routine. A person who’s moving around will turn lights on and off depending on where they are in the house.  When a light goes from on to off, it signals someone is home. The same goes for outdoor lights ““ you won’t want to keep these on during the day. Consider switching to motion detector lights instead.

All in all, you’ll feel a lot better about leaving your home by taking these extra precautions. And, of course, don’t forget the easiest step of them all ““ lock up and take the keys! Safeguarding your home from potential break-ins will allow you to fully enjoy your vacation. If you do, however, find yourself feeling concerned while away, don’t hesitate to call your friend or neighbor who’s watching your home.

Hickerson Electrical is your source for all home electrical services.  We’re ready and willing to deliver top-quality service to your home at a moment’s notice.  So call today at (703) 594-3913.

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