Protect your home while you escape the cold

Protect your home while you escape the cold

As the winter season drones on, many Canadians are escaping the cold by jetting off to tropical destinations.

But before you head south, remember that your home needs extra protection to prevent against theft and water damage while you’re away.

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. 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°C 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.

This article is for general informational purposes only.