Summer Vacation Safety Tips

June 26, 2006 - Posted at 5:14 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- With summer break finally here, many families are loading up and headed out on the holiday road.  That's right...the great family vacation.  But before you load up like the fictional Griswold's, there are a few precautions you should take.

Despite high gas prices, as predicted, more than 230 million Americans will travel this summer, but staying safe before you walk out the door is one thing many will forget.

Seasoned travelers John and Bernardine Burroughs have logged a lot of miles.  Just last year they went on 10 trips...gone on the average of a week and a half at a time.

This week they are in Jonesboro, traveling from their home in Ft. Worth, Texas.

"We let the neighbors know that we are gone. I have the paper stopped and the mail stopped.  We leave the shades as they are always left," said Bernardine Burroughs.

"We take some precautions, turn the water off at the house, it always important. I would hate to come back home to a flooded house. We turn the thermostats down and the water heater down," said John Burroughs.

Remember to lock your doors and windows and don't forget to arm your security system.  Leave a key with your neighbor so the house can be entered in case of an emergency. And once on the road...keep an eye out for the other guy.

"We pretty well keep our driving day time, we try not to drive late at night," said John Burroughs, "We certainly try to find well named hotels, that maybe are newer and that also only have the entrance through the lobby and not the outside doors."

And the next stop on this trip?

"We're going to go to Tunica, wife enjoys the one armed bandits!" laughed John Burroughs.

And some other tips:

  • While on vacation, arrange to have your lawn tended to and have a neighbor remove any ads or literature from the door.
  • Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your house.
  • Tell the police that you will be gone so they can periodically check your house.
  • Turn the bell on the telephone down to low.