A Checklist to Securing Your Holiday Home on Departure

When your holiday’s ended and it’s time to return back to your life at home, the last thing you want is to be fretting over whether or not your holiday home is secure. To prepare your home for every possible emergency, print out this check list and check off items as you complete them.

Safety at your holiday home

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  • Aerials: If your house has any aerials (e.g. antenna, satellite dish, etc.), make sure they’re still firmly attached to your home.

  • Appliances: Double-check your home for leaks, especially potential problem areas such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and your taps and showers. Also consider unplugging all appliances except for your refrigerator and freezer to save energy.

  • Chimney: Sweep your chimney to prevent chimney fires. You should clean your chimney at least once per year.

  • Emergency Pack: Store emergency supplies (e.g. first aid kit, torch, important documents, etc.) in an easily accessible location, so that you can find it during emergencies and power outages.

  • Surge Protector: Install surge protectors to protect your sensitive electronics from power surges and electrical storms.

  • Smoke Detectors: Test all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace old batteries if necessary.

  • Stop Cock: Make sure you know where your stop cock is and how to shut it off. If you ever need to call a plumber to deal with emergency escape of water, this information is essential.

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