Most of us take precautions to make sure our houses are secure when we go on a trip. We lock up and try to make it look as though we’re still home during the trip, all to prevent any tampering with the home or break-ins.
What fewer homeowners may think of, however, is the possibility of an accident in the home while they’re away. Whether pets are left home, friends or neighbors are checking in on things, or the house is left completely empty, the possibility of a disaster is present.
While you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is to worry about your vacated house. Vacations are meant to be fun, stress-free, and relaxing—so your mind shouldn’t be on your home safety.
Share these 5 easy home safety tips while on vacation so that your employees can maintain a safe home environment, even when they’re not home to keep an eye on things.
Unplugging certain appliances can save you energy and money, but it can also help to prevent power surges and other hazards. These are the ones you might want to think about pulling the plug on for added home safety:
- Game systems
- DVD players
- Coffee makers
Double check to make sure things like candles and wax warmers are extinguished or turned off. You should never leave anything unsupervised that could cause a fire. Turn off or unplug those high-heat lamps, lava lamps, wax warmers, and any other fire hazards. Don’t leave any candles burning, and make sure the fireplace is completely cooled before leaving it.
If you leave a pet at home while you’re gone, even if a friend or neighbor is checking in occasionally, it’s important to prepare the area for unsupervised pet activity. Make sure counters are clear of anything that could fall or break and anything that could be toxic if consumed. Pets have a habit of acting out or panicking when owners are away, so being extra cautious is important.
Ask a friend or neighbor to check in on things while you’re away. Especially if you have pets in the home, it can be vital that someone stop in periodically to find a potential disaster before it escalates. Having someone keep an eye on things is one of the most beneficial things you can do for home safety while you're away.
During winter months, make sure your water pipes are insulated and the heat is kept on low. Frozen pipes can cause major problems very quickly. By regulating the home’s temperature, especially during longer vacations, you ensure that the house is kept in working order.
Just like on-the-job safety, home safety requires planning and attention. Keep your employees safe no matter where they are by keeping them informed.