It’s the most wonderful time of the year or, perhaps, the most awful time of the year depending on your thoughts toward the start of the school year. Regardless, it’s time for the kids to head back to school! We’ve all heard the standard driving, playground and bus safety tips; but what about home safety tips? Your home has likely been busy and full of your kids and their friends all summer. Now that the school year is beginning, your home is quiet and likely empty for several hours of the day. Follow these tips to ensure your home stays safe during the school year.
There are a number of high-tech home systems that allow you to control a number of things in your home while you are away including lights, locks, garage doors, air temperature and electronics. These are a fantastic solution if you have an especially busy family. It is easy to forget to lock the door, turn the TV off or close the garage door. Once the chaos of the morning commute is complete, it is easy to double check that everything is safe and secure with this technology. Further, a programmable thermostat can help keep energy bills affordable. While the house is empty during the day, there is no need to keep the air conditioning running at a low temperature. Give the pocketbook and power grid a rest by setting a higher daytime temperature. The house will be cooled off again by the time everyone returns. This can be a lifesaver during the scorching August heat.
Shut the Shades
Burglars know it is back-to-school season too. Windows that are not covered can easily make your home a target for burglars as they can peer straight into the home allowing them to take full stock of the flat screen TV, iPad, laptop, jewelry, designer purses and cash inside the home. Be sure to keep valuables out of sight lines of windows, and if that is not possible, close the shades or pull the drapes to hide them from spying eyes.
Take a Test
You don’t even have to study for this one! Make sure you test your smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, and security alarms as the school year starts up again. These important and simple tests can save a life. Most fire-related deaths are a result of faulty, missing or broken fire alarms. Don’t let your family become a statistic, get into the routine of regularly checking the alarms in your home to ensure they are in proper working order.
Don’t Forget Fido
The kids were likely home most of the summer to give the pets attention, take them on walks, play with them and – most importantly – feed them. Be sure to have a plan on how the pets will be taken care of once the kids return to school. Leaving the beloved family pet in a cage all day long is not fair to them nor a good way to treat an animal.
Back to School is sure to be a success with these tips. We wish all of the students out there, especially those who are our own tenants, the best of luck in the new school year. You will all find success! Is it time to relocate to a new school or school district? Give us a call today at (618) 659-5565.