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How Snowbirds Can Winterize Their Homes Before Going Away

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If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions while you are away.

Make Your Home Appear as Though It Is Continuously Occupied

Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend or relative to collect flyers or other items that may be left at your door.

Take Steps to Protect Your Home from Thieves

Secure external doors and windows with deadbolt locks, security-type hinges and sturdy door frames that cannot be spread apart. Install slide locks or other equivalent security locks on doors.

Protect Your Pipes to Avoid Water Damage by Turning Off Your Water Supply

Drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl, then consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing.

Keep Your Home and Plumbing Warm if Your Water Supply Stays On

Set the temperature at 55°F or higher to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities above freezing temperatures. Keeping room and cabinet doors open also helps heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located.

 Perform Routine Maintenance Before You Leave

If electrical service to the home is to remain on, consider having a licensed electrical contractor inspect your main electrical panel, wiring and outlets, if necessary.

Make Your Home Unattractive to Pests

Inspect your home for openings that animals could use to enter. For example, make sure your fireplace flue is closed, as bats, birds and squirrels are known to get inside this way.

Be Ready for Emergencies

Install smoke detectors on at least every floor (preferably tied to a constantly monitored fire alarm system so the fire department will automatically be notified in case of alarm), and confirm that the sensors and system are tested regularly.

For more information about how you can successfully carry out each of these steps and winterize your home, visit Travelers Insurance’s Snowbirds blog.

Protect Yourself from the Burning Sun

sun-293615_640The climate is beginning to heat up and summer is officially right around the corner. We expect you all to be out there enjoying the weather and spending a lot of time outside, as you all deserve the sunshine! While you are out there having fun in the sun make sure that you are also protecting yourself from it! Here are some simple tips so you avoid any sun burns, skin damage and visits to the doctor in the future:

Cover Up in Style

  • Wear4745425727_a9ee9a4a10_o a wide brim hat that protects your scalp, forehead, eyes, ears, nose and neck- a good opportunity to showcase your fashion sense 
  • Wear sunglasses that are UV absorbent
  • Invest in some light weight long sleeved shirts, they’ll keep you cool while protecting your arms

 

Apply Sunscreen

  • SPF 30 at leadownloadst; Anything less than this won’t protect your skin much, and can result in unwanted sunburns
  • Remember to reapply regularly – especially if you plan on swimming or playing sports

 

Limit Your Sun Exposure

  • 31522767_ee9421d7b8_oIf you plan on being out in the sun for a couple of hours make sure that you routinely find shade as well
  • Bring a sun umbrella, if you’re going to the beach or a park

Stay Hydrated

  • bottles-774466_640Drink up on natural waters
  • Reusable water bottles are the way to go
  • Soda and alcoholic beverages actually dehydrate you, so do not use these as a replacement to water

 

Keep these tips in mind and go out and have some fun in the sun! If you plan on camping soon, be sure to follow the steps above and check out our 101 guide to camping.