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Vacation-proof your home – Safety tips from Travelers

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and the unofficial start of vacation and road trip season. Save yourself the worry about what’s happening at home by protecting it from theft and damage while you are away. Here is a checklist Travelers Insurance has developed to help have a relaxing and peaceful vacation.

· Make sure electrical appliances that aren’t being used are turned off.

· Clean the refrigerator of all perishable foods, and take out the garbage.

· Lock all windows and doors.

· Arrange to have the newspaper and mail held until your return, or have them picked up by a trusted neighbor.

· Arrange to have your lawn mowed while you are away – ask a neighbor to set out your trash on collection day and then retrieve empty cans and recycling bins the same day.

· Let a trusted neighbor know you will be away and have them keep an eye on your home – leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

· Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.

· Set timers on interior lights.

· Make sure to unplug televisions, computers and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges.

· Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended period.

· Store jewelry and valuable items in a safe-deposit box.

· Resist the temptation to post your vacation plans on social media sites until after you return – don’t let potential thieves know that your home will be unoccupied.

Learn about road trip safety here and here, and find more information at www.travelers.com.

Information in this piece provided by Travelers.

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