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|Posted on January 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM|
Going away for a vacation can be exciting, but, before letting the trip go to your head, there are some things you'll want to do to prepare. Beyond packing and making reservations, you want to make sure your home is safe, your travel documents are in order, and a long list of precautions have been taken. Here's a short list of the most important points to consider, before leaving town.
Take Pictures of Important Items
It's impossible to foresee everything and the chances are good that you'll either forget or lose something. If that something is important, you may find yourself in some very big legal or medical trouble. To avoid this, use your smartphone to take pictures of important documents like your passport, birth certificate, and driver's license. Additionally, take pictures of medication labels and other health-related documents that may be useful in the case of an emergency. Give a copy of these photos to someone at home just in case you lose or can't get access to your copy in an emergency.
Fortify Your Home
The key to keeping your home safe is to take steps to prevent others from knowing you're away. While having a custom alarm system is essential if you want to be fully protected, there are also things you can do to make it appear as though nothing is out of the ordinary. Stop your mail, so it doesn't pile up in front of your door and arrange a timer to turn lights on and off at uneven intervals. If you can’t do this, consider having someone come to your home to take care of these things. They can pick up your mail, keep your home up to date, and give the appearance that someone is currently living there, which will deter criminals.
Contact Your Credit Card Companies
Credit card companies are more concerned than ever about safeguarding their customers from unauthorized access to their accounts. In addition to security features like the newly implemented RFID chip, they also monitor accounts for abnormal behavior. You are likely planning to use debit or credit cards on your vacation, so it may be wise to contact the card providers and let them know to expect this type of unusual activity. This way, they won't place a frustrating block on your account.
Even when they are powered down, electronics can put a drain on your electricity. Unplugging everything can avoid this problem. It can also reduce the chances of an electrical fire while you are away and prevent damage in the case of a power outage.
Turn Off the Water
Here is another way to save on resources and reduce the risk of damage to your home. It is highly recomended you shut off the water to your home to reduce the chances of a broken pipe or other leak. If you elect to leave the main water shut off valve open because of pool or landscaping requirements, turning off water on the dishwasher, ice makers, washing machine, and toilet can eliminate the chances of water waste and water damage. Itncan also prevent any accidental flooding if plumbing problems develop while you are gone. If you will be gone for an extended period of time, be sure to cover your toilets and drains to reduce evaporation from the bowl and drain traps that can lead to sewer gas and possible pest intrusion.
These are just a few key points to consider when preparing for your vacation. By taking a handful of simple precautions, you'll be better able to relax and enjoy your time away from the daily grind. Follow these suggestions to be safe and secure, while away from your home.
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