Planning to hit the road this summer? Many Americans look forward to vacations this time of year, packing up and leaving home for a few days or more. Are you taking the necessary steps to keep your home safe while you’re away? Better Business Bureau of Central New England has tips to keep in mind before you get out of dodge.
“Proactive measures give you peace of mind while you are away from home,” said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England. “You don’t want to worry about home security or other issues while you’re away. Make a checklist to complete before you leave and have a backup plan in case something comes up while you are out of town.” BBB has tips to help you protect your home from carbon monoxide, burglars, fire and other threats while you’re away:
Be careful about the vacation details you share via social media. Burglars can use posts on Twitter or Facebook to determine when you’ll be away. When sharing information on social media, be aware of your privacy settings, and who can see what you post. A vacant home could be enough to attract unwanted attention, so be careful about broadcasting your travel plans.
Lock your doors even when you’re gone for a brief amount of time. Most Americans do more to protect their homes when they are going away for a night than when they are just leaving for a few hours. But, according to the FBI, most home burglaries happen during the day, so homeowners should secure doors and windows every time they leave their home.
Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every month. Summer marks the beginning of hurricane season, and if a generator needs to be used in a power outage, a quick test of your monitored life safety devices can help keep your family safe from potentially dangerous fumes.
Keep hedges and bushes around your home trimmed, so burglars don’t have places to hide.
If you want to relax on vacation, make sure your vacation planning includes securing your home while you are gone. If you choose to contract with a security company, check out their BBB Business Review first.