6) Leave Appliances On
Make sure you check all of your appliances before you go away. Anything that produces heat should be turned off and unplugged, like coffee pots, computers, cable or satellite boxes, even lights left on timers for security purposes should not remain on for more than a few hours at a time. They do get hot, so why take a chance? It is recommended that you put a timer on at least one light in every room and alternate the on/off schedule, so it appears someone is home. Newer gas stoves don’t have pilot lights, but you may want to also consider having the gas shut off while you are away. (Unless of course it’s what heats your home). The point is, always think in terms of safety. Any appliance that heats up has the potential to cause a fire.