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Taking a Summer Vacation? Checklist to Make Sure Your Home is Safe.

For many, the short days and chilly temperatures of winter can’t be gone fast enough and the hot balmy days of summer seduce us into ever joyful summer vacation plans. Whether you’re going to hang out at Lake Yosemite, bask on a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean or run to the hills for hiking and camping, you have to take precautions to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. After all, what could be worse than returning from a relaxing break or an active adventure to find a disaster has occurred, such as a break-in, or water or fire damage?

To ensure your vacation doesn’t end in tragedy, follow these tips before you go.

  • Check for any leaks and fix them. For example, ensure your refrigerator ice maker is not leaking!

  • Turn off the air conditioning to ensure nothing malfunctions while you are away. But if you have pets and they are going to be in the house, set the temperature to a comfortalbe 78 degrees.

  • If you have pets, make arrangements for their comfort and safety: either board them or have a friend come over daily to care for them.

  • Turn hot water heaters down.

  • Unplug all appliances, such as coffee makers, toasters and exercise equipment.

  • Leave a light or two on so the house doesn’t appear deserted at night.

  • Lower blinds and close curtains so that passers-by can’t view your valuables.

  • Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so they can enter the home in case of emergency.

  • Have a friend or neighbor bring in newspapers and mail or cancel delivery for both during the time when you’ll be away.

If you have the opportunity to get away this summer we wish you happy trails, and hope you come home to a safe and welcoming home!

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At Executive Edge Insurance we can work with you to make sure you've got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 209-385-3343 or send us a note at We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what's important to you is protected!


Kelly Spies

Executive Edge Insurance Services

320 E Yosemite Ave Ste 101

Merced, Ca 95340


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