Summer Vacations: What To Know Before You Go

A couple laying back in their lounge chairs, sunbathing.


You’re not just planning for what you’re taking with you, but you’re also planning for what you’re leaving behind.

Summer Vacations: What To Know Before You Go: It’s one of the most celebrated times of the year… summertime in Central New York. With the arrival of August, families plan their last minute getaways before sending kids off to college or back to school. There are a few simple steps to know before you go – and things to be mindful of to make the most of your vacation and keep everyone safe.

Social Media and Summer Vacations

One thing that you have to remember about your digital footprint, is that you shouldn’t be telling people that you’re not going to be home for any period of time, because that’s just an invitation to hackers and other people to take advantage of that situation. Certainly for your family’s security if you’re going to post pictures and share memories online, do it AFTER you return from your vacation. It’s just smart.

At Your House

Go through a checklist for your house itself. You want to be sure if you’re going to be away for awhile while to turn your appliances off depending on how long you’ll be gone. If you have a security system, make sure it’s working. If you’ve got an alarm system and it’s hooked into your smartphone, make sure that’s all working. For instance, I have a dehumidifier and I was away for a few days and I, fortunately I remembered because it’s failed on me before… turn it on, put it on a place where it drains into a sink mat, not overflowing or shutting off. You don’t want to come back to a situation that was worse than when you left.

Here’s a checklist for those summer parties coming up if you’re doing a ‘staycation’ !
Here’s a concise checklist focusing on summer safety from a personal injury and liability standpoint, particularly for home and parties, including pool parties and graduations:
1. Pool Safety: Ensure pools are fenced with self-locking gates. Always supervise children and have life-saving equipment handy.
2. Grilling Safety: Keep grills away from structures. Never leave them unattended and have fire extinguishers accessible.
3. Party Supervision: Monitor alcohol consumption, especially if minors are present. Consider liabilities related to serving alcohol.
4. Premises Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain property, including decks, patios, and walkways to prevent trips and falls.
5. Pet Safety: Keep pets secure, especially if they are not comfortable around guests or in large gatherings.
6. Firework Safety: If using fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area and follow all safety guidelines.
7. Food Safety: Properly handle and store food to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Remember, liability can arise from accidents occurring on your property, so taking these precautions is crucial for a safe and enjoyable summer season.

A Few Extra Steps Saves You A Lot of Headaches

As with all things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. These few extra steps will keep your vacation headache-free so you can fully enjoy your time away with family and friends. Be safe and enjoy the beautiful summer sun! If you have any questions for us, you know that you can always go to My email is, and the phone number is 1-800-608-3333.