Protect your home while you escape the cold


Implementing effective home safety measures is crucial for protecting your property while you’re away. From installing robust door locks and surveillance cameras to establishing a well-lit exterior and utilizing smart home security systems, there are numerous steps you can take to enhance the security of your residence.

Vacations are an opportunity to relax and escape our everyday lives. Ensuring your home is protected during an absence can safeguard against unwanted damage and added costs.

Before you head south, remember that your home needs extra protection to prevent theft and damage while you’re away. Here are a few tips to keep your home protected while vacationing:

  • Make it look occupied. Park a car in the driveway, install an indoor light timer, place newspaper subscriptions on hold, or ask a neighbour to collect your mail. 
  • Install a security device with a loud alarm or flashing lights. Some alarms can contact authorities directly when they’ve been activated.
  • Use deadbolt locks on all doors. Ensure doors, including garages and sheds, are locked and secured. Be sure to remove any house keys from obvious hiding places, such as under doormats or flowerpots. 
  • Ensure all windows are locked. If your windows are old, consider upgrading to ones with improved locking systems. 
  • Have your walkway shoveled after every snowfall. Snow removal will make your home look occupied. If you have a car parked out front, have a neighbour remove any snow build-up. 
  • Turn down the heat to no lower than 13° Celsius to prevent your water pipes from freezing or bursting.
  • Have your home checked. Some insurance policies require that if you are away for more than a few days, a responsible party must check your residence daily to ensure an appropriate temperature is maintained to avoid pipes bursting and serious water damage.

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