Okay: You're all packed & ready to go. Luggage is in the vehicle, kids & dogs are loaded and you are locking the door on your home. A nagging thought hits you, "What am I forgetting?"
Well, let's go over some details that belong, or should belong, on your vacation checklist.
1) Service your car - fresh,
clean oil is good for an engine about to make a trip that will
2) Refill any prescriptions
you may need. Although you can get an emergency refill on your
3) Test security lights and
timers If you do not have them consider getting them. Timers are
4) Arrange for care of pets
and plants - ask a family member, or trusted friend or neighbor
5) Arrange to have lawn mowed
or sidewalks shoveled. Long grass or snow covered walks are
6) Make a list of emergency
numbers - doctor, vet, dentist, auto club, insurance and contact
7) Arrange to have someone
pick up your mail or newspaper - A large pile of newspapers is a
8) Leave a key with someone you trust - Should your home require repair or an emergency arises, your home can be taken care of.
9) Secure lawn furniture and
outdoor grills down, or - better yet, take them inside. Out of
10) Clean out the refrigerator
of perishables - Should your electric go out or your
11) Remove and hide the credit cards you will not be using - put them in a lock box and hide it.
12) Contact your local law
enforcement and fill out a vacation report - the law enforcement
These are things you can do before you leave.
The day you leave, you should do the following:
1) Check all
doors and windows, to be sure they are locked - you'd be
surprised how easy it
2) Cut power to the overhead
garage door and put a padlock in the track - thieves can
3) Turn the water heater off.
4) Connect a radio and lights to a timer.
5) Remind emergency contact
person you are leaving and give them a list of things they
6) Be sure to wear seat belts and use child restraints to ensure safe trips.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Have Fun
Community Safety Tips is prepared by The Troy Police Department Auxiliary