3 Ways to keep your home safe while you are away.

Make it seem like you never left

  • Have a friend or family member either house-sit or drop by your home daily
  • Use light timers to turn on key lights in the evening
  • Install motion sensors in entryways to surprise and expose trespassers
  • Have your mail collected or put a hold on your subscriptions to prevent obvious mail build up
  • Don't broadcast your vacation to everyone you know, especially online.  Save your excitement for close friends and relish the post - vacation envy your social media posts and photos will bring

Prevent indoor disasters

  • Drain your water pipes and turn off the main water valve to prevent pipes from bursting if they freeze
  • Turn your furnace down and change the filters if you notice a lot of build up
  • Double-check all combustion appliances, such as gas stoves, to make sure they are off and not leaking into your home
  • Unplug valuable electrical devices in case of a power surge

Put your house on lockdown

  • Don't hide the extra key outside, instead place it in the care of a neighbour or close friend
  • Make sure all windows and doors are secured, even high ones and those in your garage
  • For sliding windows and doors, consider placing a bar across the indoor track for added security

Now, relax and enjoy your trip!