Even when your home is your sanctuary, work and vacation can pull you away at times. When you’re planning to be gone for an extended period of time, take steps to secure your home and your belongings in your absence. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Lockdown

Make sure your home is locked down while you are away. In addition to making sure all doors and windows are locked, put sticks in windows and doors to keep them from opening. Alternately or in addition, add locks that mount in the runner and block the window or door from sliding open.

2. Water

Even a small amount of water can cause damage, so make sure all your systems are secure. Turn water off at the main source and drain the pipes so that water cannot freeze and burst pipes. Make sure to winterize your sprinkler system by blowing all of the water out of the system. As a precaution, install a tray below your water heater. Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow for heat circulation. This helps prevent frozen pipes.

3. Heat

Leave the heat on in the house, but turn it down to a minimum. Usually 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit will keep the home warm enough to avoid freezing pipes and excessive condensation on windows and doors without driving up your heating bill.

4. Valuables

If you plan to leave your home empty for an extended period of time, don’t take a chance on your valuables. Instead, lock them in a safe or, better yet, transfer them to a secure location off-site such as a trusted friend’s safe or a security box at the bank.

5. Lighting

When you are away from home for any amount of time, it’s important to make it look like you’re home. You can put your lights on electronic timers to help with this. Set different lights to come on in connection with lights that would typically be on during that time. For example, light up the bedroom in the morning and evening. Turn lights on in the kitchen during dinner time and in the living room afterward. Also install motion lighting outdoors to deter possible invaders. Verify that they are working properly with a few sample runs after dark.

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