If you’re like many Americans, then you might be planning on visiting friends or family for a long weekend vacation. Although the holidays tend to be when your home is most vulnerable, the truth is your home is vulnerable anytime you're not there. The following are a few tips for keeping your home safe on winter vacation:
- Make your home look occupied – Stop incoming mail and newspaper deliveries so that it doesn't pile up in your mailbox or on the front step – a sure sign that no one is at home. You can also ask your neighbor to collect your daily mail for you. If you’re going to be gone for a while, ask a neighbor to clear snow from your walkway. Put lights on timers so that they go on and off inside like normal.
- Keep the heat on – While there’s no need to make your home toasty while you are away as this is a waste of energy, you should set your temperature at around 55 degrees to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Clean before you leave – You don’t want any unwanted pests to move into your home while you’re away, so be sure to take out all the trash, clean out and defrost your refrigerator and freezer, clean the oven, and toss any uneaten food.
- Lock up – Make sure your home is secure before you leave by checking all the windows and doors to ensure they are locked.
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