Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are Away

November 12, 2018 3:10 pm

For many people, the holiday season means traveling. With so many items to check off your to-do list, it is important to ensure that your home is safe while you are away. Plan ahead so that nothing goes awry while you and your family are out of town.

Follow these tips to make sure your home is protected when you are not there:

Mail and Newspapers: Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your home while you are gone. Have a neighbor also retrieve your mail and newspapers so these items don’t accumulate. An overflowing mailbox or pile of untouched newspapers is a sure sign that your home has been empty for several days. To place a temporary “stop” on your mail, go to or request it at your local post office.

Indoor and Outdoor Lights: Nothing makes a home seem lived in quite like having lights on the inside. Use a timer for both indoor and outdoor lighting systems. Set the timer for indoor lights to come on in the evening so it will appear someone is home. This outlet timer and this digital timer are among several options that Amazon offers for light timers.

Doors and Windows: It may go without saying, but make sure that all doors and windows are locked. Additionally, check your deadbolts. Once deadbolts reach 10 to 15 years of age, they become weaker and much easier to kick in. For extra window protection, put dowel rods inside the window frames to give them more strength.

Curtains: While it may seem like a good idea to close your curtains so that people can’t peer into your home, it is best to leave curtains as normal. Noticeable changes can hint that nobody is home, especially if the curtains are left closed for an extended period of time. Closed curtains also stop those who aim to help — such as neighbors or law enforcement — from seeing inside your home.

Pipes: To avoid water damage from busted pipes or appliances, consider turning off your water supply while you are away from home. To be certain that all the water is drained out of the pipes, open the faucets after the water supply has been cut off.

I want you to have a safe and happy holiday! By using these tips to ensure that your home is in the best possible shape when you return, you can enjoy yourself without worry while you are away.