A/N: This post is sponsored by Ooma, however, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Let Ooma keep you home safe while you're away this Holiday season.
Holiday road trips have gotten significantly more difficult with a 5 year old and overly anxious puppy in tow. There's so much to pack, so much to cook and a nearly endless list of things to remember.
A few years ago Little J and I caught a flight during the Christmas rush. To say it was a complete nightmare would be the understatement of the year. Flying solo with a toddler not for the faint of heart. Flying solo with a toddler during the holidays is the stuff nightmares are made of.
After one missed connection, one spilled bottle of milk, three embarrassing temper tantrums (one of which was mine) and two grumpy seatmates, I was ready to pull my hair out. Oh and did I mention that I returned home to frozen pipes? Clearly I survived my traumatic experience, but I haven't flown solo since that unfortunate experience. I've also avoided flying during the holidays like the plague, and tend to be a bit more careful with my pre-holiday travel checklist.
With so much going on, it's easy to forget about the simple safety measures you practice day in and day out. Unfortunately for me, at the time I had never heard of Ooma. Luckily for you, today I'm sharing some tips about holiday travel and how Ooma can help you cut out the stress of holiday travel.
So before you lock your doors and hop in the car, make sure you follow these steps to ensure your home is safe when you return from your holiday vacation:
TIP #1: DON'T TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT OFFSeriously guys, don't do it! Before leaving for an extended trip, be sure to set your temperature. If you live somewhere with cold winters, don't turn your thermostat off! There's nothing more upsetting than returning home from your holiday travels to find a house full of busted pipes! To prevent your pipes from freezing, set the temperature lower than you typically would—between 40 and 55 °F.
However, if you live in a warmer climate, you can keep your thermostat at about 69 °F. Alternatively, you can completely avoid worry by controlling your thermostat remotely. Ooma detects when your thermostat is on "Away" mode and will automatically forward any home calls to your mobile device.
Always turn off gas-powered devices such as stoves, ovens, and fireplaces, and unplug all appliances. This can prevent any accidental fires and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide leaks into your home, as well as save energy. This is especially important if you have pets at home who can't defend themselves against unforeseen hazards. For an added layer of protection, be in the know—Ooma can warn you via text and direct you to call 911 when your Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector has been triggered.
TIP #2: SHUT OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG ALL APPLIANCES
When leaving home for several days, tell someone you trust where you'll be in case of emergency, such as a fire, burglary, or carbon monoxide leak. Friends staying in town or a thoughtful neighbor could be options. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and notify you of any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. Ooma allows you to be notified immediately when 911 is dialed and you can call them or call police to investigate.
TIP #3: DON'T KEEP YOUR TRAVEL A SECRET
Thanks to technology, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Did you know there are countless apps that can connect to systems in our homes—from central temperature to security systems, light bulbs to the Amazon Echo? The Ooma Telo seamlessly interacts with your favorite smart home products and services to make your home safe and more convenient than ever before. Whether it be increased levels of carbon monoxide or a home break-in, Ooma can be the first to alert you of any danger.
TIP #4: LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR YOUR HOME
Do you have any holiday travel tips? Feel free to share below!
Cheers to a safe and Merry Christmas!