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Monday, March 10, 2008

Before You Leave For Vacation...

Spring break should be a relaxing time, especially if you’re
planning to go on vacation. But preparing your home for
your departure can be stressful. Whether you’re leaving
home for a week or a month, you can rest easy with these tips for
keeping your home safe while you’re away:

• Arrange for someone to do seasonal maintenance, such as
mowing, raking or snow removal.

• Have mail or packages picked up by a
friend, forwarded or held by the
post office.

• Stop newspaper deliveries and ask a
neighbor to pick up freebie newspapers
and circulars.

• Lower your telephone ringer (and
answering machine volume) and never
leave an outgoing message that says
you’re away.

• Use timers to turn lights off and on at
the appropriate times. Compensate for
having lights on when no one’s home by
turning off other appliances that are often
left on, such as DVD players, computers
and microwaves. Also consider connecting a radio to a timer.

• Leave blinds open in their usual position.

• If you live in a cold climate, keep the heat on just enough so
that the pipes don’t freeze.

• Ask neighbors to park their car in your driveway.

• If you leave your car in the driveway, be sure to remove the
garage-door opener from plain view.

• Double-check all doors and window locks.

• Tell a trusted friend or neighbor where you’ll be.

Sources:;; Insurance Information Institute

Hope you find These Tips Helpful!
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