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Home Safety Tips for Summer Vacationers

  • July 15, 2013

Preparations for your summer vacation should begin at home. It is best to prepare your home for any situation that could occur while away for an extended period of time. Make sure your home is safe from intruders, natural disasters, HVAC failure and anything else that could possible happen by following these home safety tips for summer vacationers:

  • Enlist the help of a friend or neighbor: Ask someone you trust to keep an eye out for any unusual activity around your house. Some folks hire trusted friends to feed their pets and water the plants while they are away. Why not ask them to do a quick run through the rest of the house for running toilets or leaks in the basement? Ask them to bring in the mail for you as well so you are not left with an overflowing mailbox, which will quickly tip off burglars to your absence.
  • Don’t share your plans online: Try not to share your vacation dates with the world on Twitter or Facebook. Save the details for when you get home and have lots of pictures to share with your friends. Most people can’t avoid leaving their information on their work voice mail, but you can leave as few details as possible and never leave your vacation dates on your outgoing personal voice mail or email.
  • Unplug the small appliances: Small appliances are a major cause of home fires. Make sure to unplug all small appliances, including toasters, blow dryers, flat irons, etc.
  • Turn off  the water: Avoid a flooded home by turning off the water supply. Turn off the main valve, unless you have a friend watering your plants for you, then turn off individual valves.
  • Adjust your thermostat: While you’re away, reduce energy costs by using energy saving settings. Many thermostats have a “vacation” setting built in.
  • Inspect your HVAC equipment: Before you go, it’s not a bad idea to have a trained professional do a routine maintenance check of your air conditioning system. This ensures that no unexpected problems will arise while you’re away.

For more home safety tips and expert HVAC advice, contact the professionals at Comfort Services. We serve Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg and Whispering Pines.