You may have planned a vacation for weeks, or it may be a last-minute getaway for some relaxing time. Wherever you decide to go for vacation, there are often dozens of things to worry about prior to your trip. Here are some home disaster prevention tips to keep in mind before you leave to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone.

Home Security During Vacation

If you have a home security system, make sure it is set properly, and that lights inside the house will turn on and off with a timer. Notify the newspaper and mail carrier to hold deliveries until you return, or have a neighbor pick these up each day so they don’t accumulate.

If you live in an area with a Neighborhood Watch program, notify the coordinator that you will be away. Or, notify the local police so that they can visually check the premises during their rounds.

Consider installing a motion-activated floodlight outside your home. You may prevent a burglary by having a floodlight illuminate your entryways and first floor windows.

Many garage door openers now have a sensor system with Wi-Fi connection that sends alerts to your smartphone if the door is opened. Some are capable of being controlled via a smartphone also.

Safety Steps for Your Home

Make sure smoke detectors and fire alarms are in working order. Even though you won’t be home, these might alert neighbors that there is a problem inside your home.

Unplug appliances while gone. If there is an electrical surge or lightening due to hazardous weather, reducing the number of plugged in items could help prevent an electrical fire.

Take extra time to shut off the water at major appliances and the bathroom fixtures. And, set the water heater to a vacation setting or a lower temperature to save energy and prevent possible malfunction.

To prevent pests and vermin from entering your home or garage, make sure all trash is taken away before you leave. Lock screened areas, windows or other locations that might give accessibility to stray animals.

Severe Weather Preparation

Summer storms can creep up unexpectedly. Protect your outdoor furniture, grills, and equipment by securing them inside a shed or garage while you’re on vacation.

If you live in an area that typically has high water or flash floods during summer thunderstorms, then consider installing a water detection alarm inside your home. Basic alarm models send you or another designated person an alert if there is a potential water leak. More sophisticated alarm systems can also be programmed to shut off the water supply if there is a leak.

Call for Professional Help

We hope you have a great vacation, but if a disaster does affect your home while away, remember to call for professional help to get your home back to live-in condition. ServiceMaster Restoration by All Action works closely with most insurance agencies for home disaster claims.