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8 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re On Vacation

Have peace of mind and make the most of your much-needed break

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Photography: Jun Pinzon (Main Photo) and Pexels

Summer is here and we're pretty sure many of you have lined up a trip or two to get away from busy Manila. Before you take a break from your hectic schedule, make sure your house is safe and secure. Let these tips be your guide:

1. Check the locks of your doors and windows.

Go around the house to check if your doorknobs, latches, and padlocks need updating. Replace those that you feel are weak and can easily be destroyed. Investing in good quality knobs and locks will not only keep your home safe, but can help you save money, too.

2. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home.

If you have a neighbor you can trust, or a relative who lives nearby, ask politely if they can check on your house from time to time. They can leave on a few lights at night and receive any mail that might be delivered while you are away. Don’t forget to bring them pasalubong as a thank you gift!

3. Turn off your main switches.

Before you hop on a plane or ride the bus, turn off your circuit breaker, water lines, and more importantly, your gas lines and tanks. Doing so minimizes any occurrence of a pipe bursting inside the house. A water leak is unpleasant to come home to, and a gas leak can be very disastrous.

4. Limit what you post on social media.

It’s easy to update people of your whereabouts—thanks to mobile data and the different social media platforms we have on our phones, but trust us, too much information can be a bad thing. You might tip off criminals by announcing that the whole family is going away for the weekend. Take a break from cyberspace and maximize your vacation without constantly tweeting about your escapades. We’re sure that your followers can wait until you’re back from your adventure.

5. Unplug your appliances.

Prevent electrical fires from happening by unplugging everything: from small appliances like the microwave or coffee maker, to the big ones, like the television, refrigerator, and the like. Do this especially if you do not have access to your home’s main power switch.

6. Create an illusion that someone is home.

It might be good to invest in automatic timer switches to give the impression that someone is turning the lights and the radio on and off. Opt to leave a light on in a room that can be easily seen from the road so your neighbors can see if there’s suspicious activity happening within your property. Install security lights with sensors outdoors or near your front door as well. Remember to keep your valuables out of plain sight as well.

7. Keep your valuables safe.

You don’t have to lug around all your jewelries and expensive gadgets while you’re on vacation. Stash them in a place that is well-hidden and make sure that you use heavy-duty locks at all times. If you have it in your budget, invest in a sturdy and reliable safe where you can keep all your valuables.

8. Insure your home.

For a small price, you can have your home insured against fire and other unwanted perils. There are plenty of insurance companies that offer residential insurance packages with freebies such as insurance against robbery and burglary, and personal accident. While you might be confident that a fire or flood will not start while you are gone, home insurance is certainly a great option and would give you peace of mind.

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