Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you need to forget about safety precautions at home. There are a number of home safety precautions you can take to make sure your home remains safe during your time away, and these five simple steps will help ensure that there’s nothing to worry about when you return home from your summer vacation.

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1) Arm Your Home Security System

One of the best home safety precautions you can take is to arm your home security system. This will help deter burglars and give you peace of mind while you’re away. Be sure to notify your security company of your vacation dates so they can keep an eye on your home. You should also let a trusted neighbor or family member know that you’ll be gone and ask them to keep an eye on things.

2) Turn on Your Lights

One of the best things you can do to deter burglars is to leave a light on when you go out of town. If you have a home security system, you can set your lights to come on and off at certain times to make it look like someone is home. You can also put your lights on a timer if you don’t have a home security system. If you have outside lights, make sure they are in working order and that they come on at night.

3) Locks, Locks, Locks

Another step to home security is making sure all your doors and windows are locked. You should also invest in a good-quality deadbolt for extra measure. If you don’t have a security system, now might be a good time to invest in one. You can also ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your place while you’re gone.

4) Check your Smoke Alarms

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home while you’re away is to make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. Test them before you leave and if they’re more than 10 years old, replace them. It’s also a good idea to let your neighbors know you’ll be gone so they can keep an eye on your place and call the authorities if they see any suspicious activity.

5) Keep In Touch with Neighbors

One of the best things you can do for home security while you’re away is to keep in touch with your neighbors. Let them know when you’ll be gone and for how long and ask them to keep an eye on your place. If they see anything suspicious, they can call the police. You can also give them a key in case of an emergency.