Our family has not really traveled during the holiday season – yet. It is, however, something we plan on venturing into in the upcoming year. Holiday travel, from what we’ve heard can be a little hectic, but would be a great way to close out the year.  Nothing beats hitting the road or open sky with the family, having fun while creating memories in a new environment.

But if you’re anything like me, whenever you travel, whether it’s holiday travel or a weekend getaway, a little voice in the back of your mind may ask, “Is my home safe? What if a fire breaks out? Could a pipe burst? Could a thief break in while I’m away?” So even though we love to travel, there are times when we are never really able to completely relax.

Ooma Telo & Handset for home safety during Holiday Travel

So I breathed a sigh of relief when I was contacted by Ooma—a leading internet home communications hub—with the opportunity to share with you 4 tips for keeping your home safe and secure during holiday travel. Before you lock your doors and hop in the car (or on the plane), make sure you follow these steps to ensure your home is safe.

TIP #1: DON’T TURN OFF YOUR THERMOSTAT

Before leaving for an extended trip during the colder months, it’s important to lock in a safe temperature in your central heating system. To prevent your pipes from freezing, set the temperature lower than usual—ideally between 40 and 55 Fahrenheit. Live in a warmer climate? Leave the thermostat at about 69 Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can completely avoid worry by controlling your thermostat remotely. Ooma detects when your thermostat is on “Away” mode and will automatically forward any home calls to your mobile device.

TIP #2: SHUT OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG ALL APPLIANCES

Always turn off gas-powered devices such as stoves, ovens, and fireplaces, and unplug all appliances. This can prevent any accidental fires and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide leaks into your home, as well as save energy. This is especially important if you have pets at home who can’t defend themselves against unforeseen hazards. For an added layer of protection, be in the know—Ooma can warn you via text and direct you to call 911 when your Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector has been triggered.

TIP #3: DON’T KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL A SECRET

When leaving home for several days, tell someone you trust where you’ll be in case of emergency, such as a fire, burglary, or carbon monoxide leak. In our case, we can thank God for great neighbors and family in the neighborhood who keep watch while we are away. They keep an eye out for suspicious activity and notify us of any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. Ooma allows you to be notified immediately when 911 is dialed and you can call them or call police to investigate.

TIP #4: LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR YOUR HOME

Thanks to technology, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Did you know there are countless apps that can connect to systems in our homes—from central temperature to security systems, light bulbs to the Amazon Echo? The Ooma Telo seamlessly interacts with your favorite smart home products and services to make your home safer and more convenient than ever before. Whether it be increased levels of carbon monoxide or a home break-in, Ooma can be the first to alert you of any danger.

Ooma Telo & Handset for home safety during Holiday Travel

You can learn more about Ooma’s home monitoring system and buy an Ooma Telo at http://www.ooma.com.

Has an emergency ever happened at your home during holiday travel? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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  • Shutting off the gas when traveling and putting one light on a smart plug has been an aspect of home ownership that I learned during our first year. It can save you so much money.

  • Ra’Nesha Wilson

    We travel often and I always make sure our families know our entire intinarary. In the summer we power off the thermostat in the winter we leave it at 71.

  • These are good tips. Especially the tip about keeping the heat on. People don’t think to do this and end up with bursts pipes.

  • I’ve never had anything happen and I always have my mom come check on my home while I’m away. I never thought to turn off the gas. That’s a good point.

  • Kirstin

    Thankfully I’ve not had any issues while traveling but my home was broken into while at work. One of the worse phone calls you’ll ever receive. I love the technology we have now so we can know instantly when something happens. I’ll have to check out ‘Ooma’s’ home monitoring system.

  • Girl, I never thought to turn off the gas. Who Knew?? I love these tips and will be sharing them with hubby.

  • Ty Janee

    or you can get a house sitter! These are all great tips! I never thought about turning my gas off, very interesting!

  • Great tips. Fortunately I’ve not ever had any robberies or mishaps around the home and I pray it stays that way. I always travel for the holidays and I only tell my sister my itinerary. Thanks for the reminder to be diligent.

  • I don’t travel during the holidays thankfully. But it’s nice to know that there are systems out there to help keep us safe.

  • LaQuisha Hall

    This is so important to do! The holiday season is a high risk time for theft.

  • I’m so thank we’ve never had an emergency while in vacation. We love the programmable thermostat but haven’t fully gone digital in our home.

  • Carissa

    These are GREAT Tips! I agree with the other comment, let someone you trust know you are leaving but don’t let social media know! Ooma is something that I think I should look into! I love electronics for your home!

  • Kemkem

    Thankfully no. The only thing l might add to number 3 is that you shouldn’t keep your travel a secret, but you should not publicize it on social media. A friend got burgled because thanks to readily available information pieced together, they stole everything. Lesson learned, but he didn’t have Ooma either so it’s worth looking into 🙂