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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't Have a Chevy Chase Vacation! Be prepared for Vacation Season Safety!

It's that time of year when your kids get out of school and you're packing your bags for that family vacation. Planning for any type of get-away, big or small, can be very detailed. It's easy to forget something important in the hustle and bustle of vacation planning and packing. While there is so much to think of, we want to help you with 3 useful checklists that will highlight the important items you may forget during the family excitement.

If you are driving long distance for your vacation, we offer this checklist for your vehicle and your journey:

  1. Check all fluid levels for your vehicle; coolant, oil, power steering and brake fluid

  2. Check your tires for wear, damage, or any issues that could create danger

  3. Check all your lights, signals, and horn are working properly

  4. Check the condition of your brakes

  5. Check the condition of your windshield wipers as well as your windshield wash supply

  6. Check the working condition of all seatbelts, and be sure there are enough seatbelts for every passenger

  7. Pack a copy of your vehicle registration and current auto insurance in your vehicle

Many people don't think about the possibilities of what could happen to their home while they're away. Here are some dos & don'ts for you to remember when leaving your home vacant for any length of time.

  1. Do ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you're away, including picking up your mail on a regular basis (overflowing mail is the first sign you are away)

  2. Don't alert people on social networking sites that you are going away - save the excitement for when you return and share your vacation photos

  3. Do advise your local police department you will be away for some time and would appreciate extra patrolling in your area

  4. Don't close your curtains if you normally have them open. Not only is it a signal that something is 'different' at your home, but also a friend or officer checking on your home needs to be able to see inside to verify everything is all right

  5. Do use a timer on your lights rather than leaving them on or off for extended periods

  6. Do unplug electronics such as televisions, computers, portable phones or any item that could be damaged in a power surge. Something unpredictable such as a severe storm could occur while you are away

  7. Do turn off all gas pilots and water faucets as a precaution much like unplugging your electronics

  8. Don't leave a spare key outdoors. When you are gone, that leaves your home very vulnerable

And last, but not least, do your homework before you make the trip. It's always good to get to know the area you will be visiting as best as you can before you travel there. These days, technology makes this really simple. You can use the internet not only to learn about the place you will be visiting, but also to plot your stops along the journey. Research any hotels you plan to stay at on the internet as well. Websites such as share consumer reviews that may be helpful to you regarding hotels or places to eat along the way. Make a checklist to verify you have packed important items such as medications, phone chargers, identification and personal items you will need that can't be purchased elsewhere.

Vacations and road trips are one of the best activities you can share with your loved ones. Enjoy these special times to the fullest while staying safe and protecting your home at the same time. As they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!
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Thanks to Susan Monti for her words of wisdom!

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