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Home Safety

General Safety Tips

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are home.

  • If you see something, say something- call 911 for emergencies. Call 311 for non-emergencies in the City of Pittsburgh such as graffiti, vandalism, illegal parking, litter, pot holes, etc.

  • Do not open your doors to strangers - if you have scheduled a utility company appointment, ask for an ID or badge before allowing entry

  • Keep valuables out of sight or windows.

What to do Prior to Leaving for a Break

  • Don't post vacation photos on social media while you're on vacation; wait until you return, so people don't know when your house is vacant.

  • In winter months keep your heat at 65 ̊F or above to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.

  • Contact the post office to hold/forward your mail until you return.

  • Lock your doors and windows.

  • Take/secure your valuables, including your TV.

  • Use safety timers on your lamps to give the illusion of activity in your home.

  • Disconnect electrical items such as microwaves, coffee pots, toasters, etc.

  • Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your property. During the winter months, ask them to shovel your sidewalk and/or driveway.

  • Remove any spare keys you may have placed around the property for emergencies.