How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

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Summertime often means leaving your home whether to take a family vacation, visit a second home or close up a winter home.  Here are some important tips for keeping your home secure and safe while you are gone so that you can enjoy yourself and not worry about what is happening at your house. 

Tips for protecting your home when you are away​​

• Don’t post your vacation on social media. Criminals often scan social media to see when people are away.

• Make it look like you are home.  Use timers for exterior lights, park your car where you normally would, have someone mow your lawn, put a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries.

• Set your home alarm and let the alarm company know you will be away.

• Turn off your washing machine, dryer and dishwashers to avoid a water problem.  Shut off water lines if you will be gone for a long period of time. 

• Lock your doors with deadbolt locks; close and latch all windows.

• Store jewelry in a safe or safety deposit box.

• Unplug computers, TV’s and other electronics to prevent damage from a power surge.

• Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your house and stop by periodically to check on things.   Be sure to give that person the contact information for the account manager who handles your Homeowners insurance just in case something does happen. 

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

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While pools provide much summertime fun and relief from the heat, unfortunately they can also be dangerous and even deadly.   To help prevent injury, below are some safety tips that pool owners should follow. In addition, to protect yourself financially if you own a pool, be sure to talk to your account manager about how much liability insurance you have and consider a personal umbrella policy which will provide even more financial protection. 

1. Put fencing around the pool area.  In addition to the fences required by your town, consider creating as many barriers to the pool as possible when not in use such as locks on gates and safety covers. 
2. Never leave small children unsupervised, even for a few seconds.
3. Do not leave toys or floats in the pool when not in use as they may tempt toddlers into reaching for them.
4. Be sure all pool users know how to swim or are accompanied by someone who does.
5. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
6. Keep people away from pool filters and other mechanisms as the suction force may cause injury. Know how to shut those devises off in case of an emergency.
7. Do not allow glass around pools.
8. Keep electrical devices away from pools and nearby wet areas.
9. Do not allow anyone who has been drinking to use the pool.
10. Never use the pool during lightning storms.
11. Do not allow anyone to dive into an above-ground pool or into the shallow end of the pool.
12. Keep a first aid kit, ring buoys, and reaching poles near the pool.  Consider taking CPR training