Holiday Safety Tips: Home and Travel
Taking a trip this Holiday Season? We all know how stressful travel can be; it is even more magnified by the Holidays. Everyone is in a hurry trying to make it from one place to another, and it can be hard to make sure that you have all your affairs in order while you worry about making it to your destination safely. The Holiday traveling season is the absolute busiest time to travel with millions of people on the roads and in the air. It is important to keep safety your number one priority when traveling this holiday season. Here are a few holiday travel safety tips for smooth sailing this holiday season.
- Know your route: Make sure you are comfortable with the directions. Before you leave check the Federal Highway Administration’s website traffic information, detours, and road construction in case you need to find an alternate route.
- Pack for all sorts of weather conditions: Make sure your car is prepped and ready for any weather. Bring chains in case of snow, make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, and put together a kit that contains the following items: a snow scraper, a shovel, a flashlight, blankets, a set of jumper cables, flares, and a first aid kit.
- Do a safety check-up on your car: Make sure your car isn’t in need of an oil change and check the tire pressure, brake fluid and windshield wipers. Consider changing your headlights. Keep an old cell phone that is charged in the car for emergencies. Even if you don’t have a service plan for your phone you can always dial 911.
- Keep your plans to yourself: As excited as you may be about your upcoming vacation and travel plans, don’t post them online anywhere like Facebook or Twitter. Publicly posting about your holiday travel plans lets everyone know you will be out of town and your house is unattended, music to burglars’ ears.
- Secure your home while you are gone: Have your mails held and newspaper delivery service suspended so newspapers aren’t lying in your driveway letting predators know that your house is unattended. Turn off the water to your washing machine and double check that all windows and doors are locked. Would-be thieves know this is a busy travel period and will stake out neighborhoods. Utilize a home security system to randomly turn on lights in the home so there isn’t a clear pattern. You can also set wireless cameras to monitor inside and outside your home.
If you are driving to your destination this holiday season make sure to always follow the traffic and speed laws and make sure everyone in your car is buckled up. To learn more about installing a Home Security System visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979.