Top tips for home security when travelling
(NC) The holiday season is upon us and families across Canada are packing up for a vacation away.
“Whether you're travelling to visit family for the holidays, spending a week in the sun, or spending it on the ski hill, you want to know that the house you've left behind is safe, protected, and will be in good shape upon your return,” says Ian Pattinson, the vice president of smart home monitoring at Rogers Communications. “Today, there are many simple ways to make sure your home is kept safe – and this includes security options that will give you total peace-of-mind no matter how long you're away.”
Here are five steps, says Pattinson, to secure and prepare your home before your winter getaway:
Lock up everything: Check that all windows, doors, gates and garage doors are properly locked before you leave. Make sure to remove any spare keys from obvious hiding spots like doormats or flowerpots.
Ask a favour: Arrange for a friend or neighbour to check every couple of days. Ask them to bring in your mail, shovel your driveway if needed and water your plants.
Automate you're the security: Today's most advanced home security and home automation systems do more than provide a simple alarm system. Pattinson says, for example, that with the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring technology, you can control heat levels, lights and small appliances all from your smartphone or tablet. Real-time alerts are also sent to you via email or text message, so you can know the instant something happens to your home, from wherever you are.
Practice energy savings: Automation of lighting, thermostats and small appliances may help manage energy costs. Unplugging small appliances like your toaster and coffeemaker will save energy. Turning your heat down (no lower than 13°C) will prevent your water pipes from freezing.
Make your home look occupied: Place your newspaper subscription on hold. Park a car in the driveway. Put light timers on your light fixtures.
Vacations should be stress free and knowing that our home is safe will make it far more relaxing.
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