Keep Your Home Protected When on Vacation

Upcoming school breaks allow PNW families to hit the slopes or get away to some warm and sunny locale. Use these guidelines to keep your home protected so you will not return home to anything unexpected.


  • Lock all the doors and windows. Secure sliding glass doors with a sliding glass door security bar .
  • Turn on the home security system. It is a good idea for a trusted friend or neighbor to have the alarm code in case a worker needs to enter the house or if the alarm is set off by accident. Place valuables in a home safe or in a safe deposit box.
  • Pet sitters are awesome for two reasons. Your pets will love having company while you are away and your home will appear lived in.
  • If you will be missing trash day, ask a friend to put the cans away.
  • Turn the thermostat down, but keep heat on to prevent water pipes freezing. It is a good idea to turn off the main water supply, in case water pipes do break. No one wants to come home to a flood.
  • Set some interior lights to turn on with a timer. Leave the outdoor lights on to keep your home protected.
  • Put your mail on hold. The postal service can deliver all your mail once you return home. Have packages delivered to a friend’s house or your work.
  • Stop your newspaper or milk delivery.
  • Unplug electronics. Unplug the garage door opener so that your garage can’t be opened by a universal remote.
  • Don’t advertise your vacation on social media. Share your pictures on social media once you have returned home.