Prepare a bushfire survival plan.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the country, city or suburbs – if your home is in an area even remotely at risk of bushfire you need to have a bushfire survival plan.
Generally speaking, this should apply to:
- Any house in an area with a history of bushfires;
- Houses within a few blocks of bushland;
- Properties not at direct risk but that are situated near a wilderness corridor, and
- If you’d need to travel through bushland in order to escape.
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Murphy’s Law for Travellers: If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you’re on vacation.
Combine this the fact that the rate of break-ins soar at Christmas time, and you really do need to take all possible precautions to make sure that Santa is the only one sneaking under the Christmas tree this year. Coming home and discovering, not only your possessions gone, but all the presents under the tree as well, can be downright devastating.
But it’s not just limited to break-ins. Basic preventative measures (which take only minutes to complete) can work wonders to help you avoid power surges, broken pipes, home invasions and more. Continue reading 9 simple ways to keep your home safe on vacation →
There’s nothing more tempting to a thief than a house which is obviously empty and the golden rule is not to advertise the fact that you’re away.
An overgrown lawn and a pile of newspapers in the driveway is the equivalent of a big billboard in the middle of your front yard saying, “I’m on holidays – help yourself to my stuff”.
Other telltale signs for thieves include forgotten radios blaring 24 hours a day, lights that stay on all night and curtains, which are normally open during the day, being left closed.
So, what can you do to make sure your home is not a target for burglars while you’re on holidays? Continue reading Holiday security tips →