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Preparing for a Summer Vacation

When preparing to leave for a vacation, it’s easy to overlook basic home safety precautions. To protect your residence while you’re away and enjoy a worry-free trip, keep in mind the following tips:


Avoid Drunken Driving on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July period (from July 2-6) is especially dangerous for drunken driving accidents. In 2020, 493 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes during this period. Of those fatalities, 41% occurred in alcohol-related crashes. Consider the following tips to avoid drunken driving:

·         Plan ahead with a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver, use public transportation or a ride service.

·         Take your job seriously if you are a designated driver. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had any alcohol.

·         Don’t let your friends drive drunk. If you see that one of your friends is drunk and planning to drive, take their keys and find them a sober ride home.

Contact local law enforcement if you see a drunken driver on the road.

For additional safe driving information, contact us today.

  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices.
  • Pause newspaper and mail deliveries.
  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed while you’re away.
  • Have a trusted neighbor or family member keep an eye on your home throughout your trip.
  • Avoid leaving your house key outside your home, even if you think it’s in a safe place.
  • Set timers on inside lights and install a motion-activated sensor on outdoor floodlights.
  • Consider turning off your home’s water.
  • Avoid posting photos of your trip on social media until after you return home.
  • Raise the temperature on your thermostat or turn the system off completely. This ensures that you aren’t paying to cool your home while you are away.

Insurance Considerations

Taking the proper precautions before you go on vacation can make all the difference when it comes to preventing damage to your home. However, even when taking the right steps to protect your residence, accidents can still happen. As such, it’s important to ensure you have adequate insurance coverage.

Contact us today for more information and tips on keeping your home safe