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Got to Go? Keep Your Home Safe and AGLOW!

“Wee-oh! Wee-oh! Wee-oh!” Nope. There is no fire. And no hero is going to drag you out of bed. That was just your idea of an alarm sound in your iPhone. It’s 6:35AM and you’ll miss your flight if you don’t rush. So you pack, scurry to the door, then look back thinking, “Will my house be okay?”


“Wee-oh! Wee-oh! Wee-oh!” Nope. There is no fire. And no hero is going to drag you out of bed. That was just your idea of an alarm sound in your iPhone. It’s 6:35AM and you’ll miss your flight if you don’t rush. So you pack, scurry to the door, then look back thinking, “Will my house be okay?”

The honest answer is, “No!” When we rush, we tend to forget important things. Here’s a quick and simple mnemonic device that will help you remember what you need to check (and double check) to secure your home just before you leave to enjoy a nice day out with the family, a romantic weekend, or a month-long globetrotting.

The AGLOW Device

A – Appliances. Turn off and unplug all appliances, most especially air conditioners, heaters, and refrigerators. Those that consume the largest amount of electricity pose the greatest dangers. Don’t forget to empty the freezer and fridge first. Also, turn off and unplug computers, modems, routers and all electronic devices to prevent damages in case of wiring problems, power surges, or a lighting strike! You also save a little on your electric bill as some devices consume energy if kept plugged.

 G – Gas. Check the gas pipes for leaks and completely turn off the main valve of your gas supply. If there will be leaks when you’re gone, no one will be able to smell it and you won’t know immediately when you get back home. Unless your house is already burned down to the ground when you arrive!

L – Lights. Check all light switches and turn off all the lights. Remember to double check outdoors lights, as they are hard to notice if they are kept on at daylight. It may also be wise to invest in a light switch timer so it can turn the lights on for a few hours in the evening and turn them off during the day. Hopefully, no one will suspect you are not home.

O – Outdoors. Try to make a couple of quick rounds around your house to see if there are valuable things left outdoors. It is best to secure lawnmowers, garden hose and sprinklers, bicycles, tools, and equipment, as well as children’s toys inside the garage. It protects them from the elements and from thieves too.

W – Water & Windows. If you don’t want to come home to Kevin Costner’s Waterworld, then remember to close the main valve to cut off the water supply to your entire house. This will help prevent flooding in case there are broken pipes and leaks when you’re away and help preserve your priceless carpet and flooring, furniture and appliances.

As for windows, make sure you keep them locked. You can leave curtains as they normally are. Closed curtains for long periods of time signal that no one is home. Just remember to keep your jewelry, gadgets, and computers away from view or else you will invite burglars into your house.

Finally, don’t ever forget to lock your house. Otherwise, all that effort will be all for naught. So, if you follow this simple mnemonic device, you can make a quick safety check before you leave and truly enjoy a worry-free and guilt-free day out or extended vacation.

So what are you waiting for? You can now go ahead without any qualms to plan and book your tickets for those bucket list trips you’ve been postponing!

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Jeff is a full-time family man by day and a multipotentialite by night. When not writing for Domobase, he's usually creating music, learning new skills, or working on his businesses till the wee hours of the morning.