Vacation Home safetyEven though summer seems to be winding down this is one of the busiest times for summer vacation travel for Central New Yorkers. Before you leave for your vacation make sure your home and belongings are protected while you are gone. Safeguard against fire crime and other issues by taking the following precautions Disconnect the power to some of your electronics like your desktop computer coffee pot and television can save you money while youre gone and eliminate the worry that youve accidentally left them on by mistake. Turning off your garage door is also an effective way to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote. Lower the setting on your hot water heater to vacation setting. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If your mailbox is overflowing while you are away criminals will be alerted that you arent home. Dont broadcast to everyone especially on outlets such as Facebook that you are going to be away. You never know who is going to be reading or listening. Instead tell a few select people in your neighborhood so that they can keep an eye on your house. Set up an electrical timer to turn lights and TVs on at various time to fool potential intruders into thinking you are at home. Set the timer to reflect your normal routine. Consider shutting off gas and water. If you are going to be gone an extended period of time consider shutting off your utilities to avoid potential flooding fire or gas leaks.