The holiday season is upon us, and as we prepare to embark on Christmas vacations, it’s crucial to make sure our homes are secure and well-prepared for our absence. To ensure a worry-free and enjoyable break, consider this checklist before you head off on your vacation:
- Lock Doors and Windows: Be sure to secure your home – double-check that all doors and windows are closed and locked before you leave.
- Heating and Water Pipes: To prevent frozen pipes, leave some heating on and consider shutting off the main water valve (and also water supply to appliances).
- Lights and Timers: Enhance home security by setting up timers for lights. A well-lit home gives the illusion of occupancy, deterring potential intruders.
- Mail and Newspaper: Contact the post office to hold your mail, and pause newspaper/grocery/meal deliveries to avoid signaling an empty house.
- Outdoor furniture: Secure outdoor furniture and equipment in case of severe weather while you are away.
- Unplug Electronics: Before you go, unplug non-essential electrical equipment to save energy and reduce the risk of fire hazards. However, do note it is not recommended to switch off the hot water tank (VVB – varmtvannsbereder).
- Batteries and Alarms: Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order by replacing or testing the batteries before departure.
- Refrigerator and Trash: Empty and clean your refrigerator and defrost your freezer to avoid unpleasant surprises when you return. Don’t forget to take out the trash before you leave.
- Valuables and Documents: Secure important documents and valuables in a safe place within your home.
- Neighborhood Communication: Inform a trusted neighbor or friend about your travel plans. They can keep an eye on your property and be your local point of contact.
- Thermostat Settings: Set your thermostat to an energy-saving temperature to conserve energy but prevent your home from getting too cold.
- Emergency Contacts: Leave a list of emergency contacts with a trusted neighbor or friend, including your contact information and local contacts.
- Insurance: Ensure that the property and your belongings are covered by insurance. Also do not forget to have travel insurance.
By taking the time to address these key points, you can set off on your Christmas vacation with confidence, knowing that your home is secure and well-prepared. May your holiday be filled with joy, relaxation, and the warmth of the season!