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Vacation Getaway Safety

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Summer break is almost over but there is still time left for everyone to take a vacation!  Summertime is prime time to travel and a survey shows about one-third of American families are taking the opportunity this summer to go on a summer vacation.  But in case of an unexpected disaster, be sure to have your home prepared.   Below are a list of things to do to make sure your home is secure when you're off spending time with your family on vacation.

Make arrangements with an Emergency Contact: 

  • Close friend or neighbor 
  • Provide emergency contact
  • Turn on porch lights
  • Collect mail - burglars looks for home with overflowing mail

Protecting your Home:

  • Consider getting motion sensor lights, this way, if anyone gets too close to your home, lights will automatically turn on. 
  • Purchasing an electric timer may be helpful for your home.  This allows you to save energy and keep your electricity bill cost lower. 
  • Keep watch, use the emergency contact above to keep an eye on your home and check it each day to make sure everything is okay. 
  • Security system is one of the best ways to protect your home while on vacation

Taking Additional Precautions:

  • Shut off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliance
  • Turn off all water valves to any the appliance with waterline 
  • Unplug all electronics to prevent any electrical shortages
  • Make sure smoke detectors working properly before leaving
  • Adjust your thermostats to 75-82 degrees, this will help control air usage.
  • Be careful what you say.  Leaving for vacation is exciting but saying too much may create your home as a target for invasion.  Resist the temptation to broadcast your vacation on social media - tell your friends after you return.
  • Tell your alarm company- alert the company you will be out of town, especially on an extended trip.
  • Lock everything down and secure valuables.

Don't let your summer vacation turn into a water staycation.  If an unexpected water event or disaster happens, you know who to call.  Give a ring to SERVPRO of Victoria at (361) 573-6000.  We're always ready for whatever happens!

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