Be Fun, and Smart, in the Sun: Home Safety Tips
If your vacation consists of anything other than a staycation, you’ll be leaving your house vacant. Whether you’re going away for a short weekend trip or a month-long getaway, your house is vulnerable when you’re away. Your house is not only more susceptible to burglaries but to maintenance accidents or damages too. By following the tips below, you can take measures to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away.
Away from Home
One tip to keep in mind when you’re away from your house is to stay off social media until you get home. While it may be hard to resist posting that Instagram worthy photo, it’s safer for your home if you hold off. Posting that photo can tell all of your friends and followers that your home is empty and unprotected, increasing the risk of a break-in. If you can’t resist staying off social media, turn your account on private to restrict who sees where you are.
No one wants to come home to a house that’s seen accidents since they’ve been gone. Unfortunately, disasters can still happen even when you’re enjoying yourself on vacation. Flooded toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc. can wreak havoc on empty households. To prepare your home, inspect and repair any damages to your water systems before you leave.
Even worse than coming home to a flooded house is coming home to no house at all. House fires that occur while on vacation are a very real threat. Thankfully, you can prevent fires by taking a few precautions. Start by making sure electronics and appliances are unplugged and turned off. Double check all of your smoke and gas detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Accidents can always happen but taking these steps will lower the probability of them occurring while you’re away.
The summer months and the vacations that come with them should be a time to de-stress and relax. At Penny Insurance Agency, we aim to make your summer one that you can enjoy with a peace of mind. If you’re concerned about your vacation home, check out our blog on what you can do to make sure you vacation home stays secure when it’s empty.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about the areas we cover that you may not already have protected and how we can help you get the most out of your homeowner’s insurance coverage.