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10 Ways to Secure Your Home During Summer Travel

Summer’s here and you're making travel plans. How exactly do you protect your home and all the personal property inside it while you're away? Securing your home while you're on summer vacation is essential to prevent theft, vandalism, and other potential issues.

Here are 10 important tips to help secure your home during your absence, keeping it safe and sound:

1. Lock all doors and windows: Before leaving, double-check all entry points, including doors, windows, and garage doors, are securely locked.

2. Use timers and smart devices: Set timers or use smart devices to turn on and off lights, TVs, or radios at random intervals, creating the illusion someone is home.

3. Hold mail and deliveries: Request a temporary hold on your mail and reschedule any expected deliveries, or ask a trusted neighbor to regularly pick them up. A buildup of mail or packages on the porch can signal no one is home.

4. Notify trusted neighbors: Let neighbors you trust know you'll be away so they can keep an eye on your property and report any suspicious activity.

5. Keep your vacation plans off social media: Avoid sharing your travel plans on social media before or during your trip, as this can alert potential burglars your home is unoccupied.

6. Install a security system: You may wish to secure your home with a security system with alarms and cameras, if you haven't already.

7. Hide or secure valuables: Keep valuables out of sight or locked in a safe, making them less tempting for potential burglars.

8. Maintain your yard: Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, trim hedges, and water your plants while you're away. An overgrown or unkempt yard can signal your home is unoccupied.

9. Unplug electronics: Unplug nonessential appliances and electronics (TV, computer, etc.) to reduce the risk of electrical fires and to save energy.

10. Adjust your water: Turning your water heater to its vacation (or low-heat) setting can save energy while you're away. Or you may opt to turn off the main water supply to your house, along with your water heater, to avoid potential water damage should plumbing fail or a pipe burst while you're away.

Pool Safety Tips for a Staycation

Maintaining pool safety is crucial to prevent accidents and injuries, especially when children are involved. You can secure your home’s pool by installing a lockable fence or screen around your the perimeter of your pool. Consider installing pool alarms and safety covers for added protection. Be cautious with pool toys and floats, as they can create a false sense of security – always supervise children using these items and remove them when not in use. Adults in the household should learn CPR and first aid.

Keeping your pool regularly maintained also contributes to pool safety any time of year. This includes maintaining a balanced water chemistry, as well as proper circulation and filtration.

Save Money with Burglar Alarms and Cameras

Depending on your homeowners insurance policy and the company you're insured with, you may be eligible for a discount if you have a monitored home security system. Many insurers will offer a discount because security alarms and cameras help deter and reduce the likelihood of theft, burglary, and property damage. Some of these systems may even offer early detection of fire or gas leaks, allowing you to further secure your home.

Protect Your Home While You're Away & Save Money

Taking precautions to secure your home during your vacation provides peace of mind and can allow you to more fully enjoy your time away with friends and loved ones.

To ask about possible premium discounts you may qualify for, contact The Windward Insurance Agency. You can message us anytime, get an online quote, or call us at (866) 231-2433 and we'll be happy to walk you through all your available home insurance options.