If you’re a senior citizen leaving home to visit friends or family this summer, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that things stay safe at home while you are away.
Before leaving your home for a long weekend or vacation, there are many things you need to do, like emptying the garbage and making sure all of your doors and windows are secured. But there are also some less obvious things that can save you trouble, minimize expenses and prevent damage to your home. These simple adjustments can be made within just a few minutes right before you leave.
- Turn off the water supply to your washing machine. Washing machine water hoses can burst and cause large amounts of damage in a short period of time. To prevent possible flooding and water damage to your home, you can simply turn off the water to your washing machine by turning off the valve, which is typically located on the wall behind the machine.
- Unplug small electronics, like DVD players, coffee maker and phone chargers. These items can add on to your power bill even when they are turned off and not being used.
- Disconnect your garage door opener to prevent potential home intruders from getting in. This can be accomplished by pulling on the red rope that hangs down from the garage ceiling when the door is closed.
- Call your bank or credit union to notify them that you will be leaving town. This will keep them from blocking your card due to out of area activity, a safety measure meant to benefit you but which can cause you major inconvenience.