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Hardware Tip of the Week: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves: What to do before going on vacation

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Nothing ruins a great getaway like coming home to realize you’ve had unwelcome house guests.
To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. (Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.)
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and
the base unit turned on at your home.
If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Clarence Birdseye pioneered frozen foods in the 20's. Working outdoors in Alaska, he noticed that food froze quickly before ice crystals could form.
This damaged food, ruining the taste when it thawed. Whereas he discovered that fast freezing is good for food, we homeowners discovered freezing wreaks havoc on our homes' water pipes. When winter temperatures suddenly dip, water pipes can freeze and split.
Here are five easy steps you can take that'll help to keep your water pipes safe. Insulate vulnerable pipes in crawl spaces and attics; during extreme cold, let faucets trickle overnight; keep doors under sinks open to allow warm air in; keep your thermostat set above 55 F; and disconnect outside hoses and lawn sprinklers. Already got a frozen pipe?
Don't thaw it with a torch or open flame. Rather, use heat from a hairdryer, but be aware of wet floors and the potential danger of electric shock.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.