Summer’s here and for most families, public school is finished for the year. It’s a beautiful time of the year for family laughter if you’ve got little ones, or just plain fun in the sun on Fourth of July weekend. While away from the nest, many home owners forget to protect their homes. A house accident causing property damage can really put a damper on your getaway.
Home owners invest a tremendous amount of money in kitchen appliances, furnishing, furniture, and other items around the house that could be easily damaged in a house fire or a simple water leak. Some quick tips on disaster planning before leaving on vacation are:
Make Sure All Water Systems are Turned Off:
This refers to your bathroom faucets and shower, your kitchen sink, the washing machine water system, your sprinkler outside and any other water outlet you can think of. Before you leave on your marvelous trip, turn off your water system from the main connection.
Switch off Electricity:
Besides water disaster, electricity can also cause major havoc if left unattended. Before you leave to your destination, make sure every electric appliance is turned off and unplugged from its sockets.
Ensure all Entries are Locked:
Have you locked your back door? Are all windows closed and the blinds drawn? Don’t forget your house may fall prey to burglary as well. If you have an alarm system installed, make sure to leave it switched on before you leave.
Notify Neighbors for best disaster planning:
Your neighbor should be your eyes and ears while you are away. Let them keep an eye on your house and leave them an emergency number they can call in case of anything. If you have a spare key and trust your neighbor, leave it with them so they can always rush to the rescue in case there is a problem.
Hope these disaster planning tips helped before you leave your home unprotected while on vacation. In the event you have a water or vandalism claim please call us at 1(800)-952-7693