1. Lock all doors and windows:
Make sure all entry points are securely locked to prevent unauthorized access.
2. Set your security alarm system, if you have one:
Activate your home security system to deter potential burglars and notify authorities in case of a breach.
3. Arrange for mail and package delivery to be held or forwarded:
Avoid a pileup of mail and packages that could signal your absence to potential intruders.
4. Unplug electronic devices to prevent energy consumption and reduce fire risks:
This step helps save electricity and minimizes the risk of electrical fires.
5. Adjust your thermostat to save energy while maintaining a suitable temperature:
Set your thermostat to a temperature that prevents extreme indoor conditions but reduces energy consumption.
6. Turn off the main water supply to prevent leaks and water damage:
Shutting off the water supply can prevent costly damage caused by leaks or plumbing issues.
7. Ensure all appliances and faucets are turned off:
Double-check that stoves, ovens, and faucets are turned off to minimize hazards and conserve energy.
8. Store perishable food items securely or empty the refrigerator:
Dispose of perishable items to avoid unpleasant odors and potential health hazards upon your return.
9. Remove trash and dispose of it properly:
Empty trash cans to prevent unpleasant smells and pests from taking over.
10. Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your property:
Having a trusted person periodically check your home can provide an additional layer of security and peace of mind.