Holiday safety checklist to keep in mind before you leave

Holiday safety checklist to keep in mind before you leave

Whether you are travelling or simply spending time at home, here is a quick checklist to ensure your financial safety and a stress-free holiday.

Protect your home

  • Organise competent house sitters or have someone check on your home regularly. Alert your security company that you are going to be away.
  • Check that your alarm is working and ringing through to your security company and check the batteries too.
  • Unplug all electronic equipment to protect it from electricity surges and lightning strikes.
  • Switch off all your geysers and protect yourself from the risk of a burst or leaking pipe.
  • Ensure that all pipes, drains and gutters are cleared of debris and leaves so that water can flow freely through and off your property.
  • Have your short-term insurance broker’s details saved in case of an emergency.

Travelling abroad

  • Call your broker to update your travel insurance.
  • Comply with FICA, when applying for currency you have to prove your identity. Take your ID, passport, proof of residency and ticket with you when you go to the bank.
  • Notify your bank when you are travelling so they do not block your card if they become concerned about transactions in unusual locations.
  • Inform your medical scheme that you will be travelling and get relevant contact details for emergencies.
  • Keep your belongings secured and close to you at all times. Do not become a victim of theft due to poor vigilance.

Vehicle safety

  • Give your vehicle a full service before you travel, check oil, water and tyre pressure before you start your journey.
  • Tyre pressure, tread and possible punctures should be checked after your car is fully loaded as per the manufacturer’s recommendation based on your load.
  • Travel with your doors locked.

The AA (Automobile Association) recommends you pack the following emergency items:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Aerosol tyre inflator containing gas and latex to seal punctures.
  • Flashlight
  • Jump leads
  • Tow rope
  • Warning triangle
  • Strong adhesive tape
  • Jack
  • Wheel spanner
  • Compact toolbox
  • Vehicle technical handbook
  • For short-term insurance, contact Iemas Insurance Brokers:

    0860 102 383 |

    Source, Liberty.

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