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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You're On Vacation

Going on a summer trip? Keep your home secure with these tips

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Summer is the best time for a well-deserved vacation. Whether it's a quick out-of-town trip or a planned out-of-the-country sojourn, these plans will surely help you relax and take a break. While we're all looking forward to the getaway, it's important to keep the home secure as well.

Here are home security tips that will surely come in handy.

Main photo from wonderhowto.com.

Keep these tips in mind:

Unplug all gadgets and appliances.

Do not leave your appliances plugged in to avoid fires and accidents. Before you lock the door, make sure that items like the television, computer, toaster, stove, electric fans, and other electronics are unplugged. 

Advise the neighbors.

While you're away, it's best to ask your neighbors to keep a watchful eye on your house. You may also ask help from a relative if they can drop by the house regularly to check if everything is in order. 

Double check the locks.

Are the locks working properly? Make sure that your screen door, front door, and back door locks are in working condition.  You may also consider using digital locks for your home. Click here for a list of items.

In photo: Faultless Mortise Lock, P4,000, True Value. Photo by Jeremiah Idanan.

Hold your mail.

A porch filled with newspapers or mail can be a telltale sign that the house is empty. While you're away, ask a family member or neighbor to gather your mail and deliveries for you.

Be responsible on social media.

It's nice to share photos and details about your trip on Facebook or Instagram but as much as possible, keep the private details "private" and avoid checking in at every stop. With today's advanced technology, other people can easily access your accounts and use whatever information you post online.

In photo: YALE YDM4109 ML Finger Print,  P34,999.00, True Value.

*Prices are subject to change.

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