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6 Rules of House Safety

Before heading out for that much deserved vacation, protect your home against accidents or suspicious characters

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All your bags are packed and you're ready to go, but before you hit the road or hop on a plane, make sure that your home is secure. To help you out, here's a checklist that you can follow:

Main photo from: Freshome.

If living in a house, securely lock all possible entrances.

It must go without saying that all doors and windows must be shut and locked properly, even if they’re within the house. Invest in a sturdy lock, preferably a deadbolt lock, for your main entrance. Think about other entrances that robbers might try to get into—a balcony, a low gate, or any opening or landing that they can use.

Turn off main switches for water and electricity, and pull the plugs on everything.

Minimize any accidents happening while you’re away, like a dripping faucet causing a flood in your bedroom, or a short circuit razing your home to the ground. It might be a hassle to pull each and every plug out from its socket, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, your electricity bill will be significantly lower (electronics, even when not in use, still use up electricity when plugged in!).

Ask a neighbor or security personnel to take a look from time to time.

Find someone in the neighborhood who you can trust to simply take a look at your home while you’re away. If you’re living within a building compound, give strict instructions to your security personnel that you’re not expecting anyone during your vacation, from friends to maintenance personnel, and to inform visitors that you’re “busy," not away on vacation. 

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Be careful about what you post on social media.

While a tweet that says “Countdown to our family vacation! Three days away, woohoo!” sounds innocent enough, or a change of your profile pic to one of yourself sun-kissed and in a bikini, it can tip off robbers that you’re away. If robbers have been keeping an eye on your home for quite some time, they probably know your name, and a quick Google search might just lead them to your social media sites, and your actions.

Keep your valuables out of plain sight, and in lock and key.

Stash your valuable items, from jewelry to electronics, out of sight—meaning, can’t be seen by robbers from the window or if, God forbid, they get into the house. If you don’t have a safe, keep things in a place where it’s hard to reach, hard to find, or somewhere unlikely.

Make sure your house looks “normal” as possible.

An option would be to make it sound and look like there’s someone home, like setting a TV to turn on during certain times. Another thing would be to keep things looking how it would usually look like when someone’s home—if you usually keep the curtains open, do so, but put away valuables from within reach or within eyesight. Don’t suddenly tidy up outside your house, and ask your security personnel to hold off all mail, to avoid it being dumped on your door.

Photo from ROJ Running.

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