Holiday/Vacation Safety

Home Safety Tips At Least One Day Before You Leave
Personal and Shopping Safety Tips On The Day You Leave


As the Holiday Season approaches, we need to keep in mind some tips about personal, home,
and shopping safety. Listed below are some safety tips that we should all think about and try to follow.

Home Safety Tips:

Personal and Shopping Safety Tips:

At Least One Day Before You Leave

  1. Arrange with a neighbor to pick up and hold your mail and newspapers so they don't pile up. If this is not possible, notify your news-carrier and the post office to discontinue these deliveries.

  2. Make arrangements to have grass cut and watered while you are gone. Have someone check daily to remove throwaway papers and circulars from your doorway and yard.

  3. If you have valuables in the house, take them to your bank for storage in a safe deposit vault. Deposit extra cash in your bank account.

  4. Notify your Sheriff's Office or local Police station about your departure and return dates and give a name and a telephone  number of a neighbor or a relative to notify in case of a burglary, fire, or other emergency.

  5. Make sure any broken windows, door locks or window locks are repaired.

  6. Arrange with a neighbor or relative to watch your house and give them a key. Let them know where and how you can be  reached in an emergency. Write their telephone number down so you can check with them during your trip. Give them your car description and license number.

  7. Move all ladders, tools, lawn implements, garbage cans and yard furniture to your garage, basement or storage shed.

On The Day You Leave

  1. Unplug all electrical appliances such as radios, television sets, irons, washers, and fans to prevent possible damage from electrical storms.

  2. Set you thermostat so that your furnace or air conditioner will maintain a reasonable temperature - 80 degrees Fahrenheit in  the summer and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. In winter, make sure outside water taps are drained to prevent freezing.

  3. Close your fireplace flue to prevent birds or animals from entering.

  4. Make sure all gas appliances are in good working order and that all pilot lights are working.

  5. Turn off water to automatic washer to prevent possible damage from a broken hose.

  6. Turn down the volume control on your telephone and answering machine so that they cannot be heard from outside.

  7. Close and lock all windows and sliding doors. Make sure that a "Charlie Bar" is secure on sliding doors, and that all screens or storm windows are locked or fastened.

  8. Put window shades in normal daytime position, and make sure that all main floor drapes, shades and curtains are arranged so that neighbors and police can see into your house.

  9. If you are leaving a car or other vehicle in your driveway, make sure it is locked.

  10. Set your electrical timer to turn some lights on and off during the evening hours.

  11. Lock your garage door.

  12. Make sure that the last person out locks the door. Take a walk around the house. Check the doors and windows.

  13. If you haven't already done so, leave your key with your neighbor or relative. Check to make sure you have their telephone number


You can have a fun and safe July 4th by observing some simple fireworks safety rules.