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Keep your home safe during long weekends.

If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you're on holiday -- which is arguably the worst time a household calamity can strike. Coming home from your long weekend or holiday can be gloomy. But returning from a memorable journey and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating.To make matters worse, a house or apartment left empty while its owners are on holiday is a tempting target for criminals. We don't want to scare you -- or leave you fearing for your treasured belongings while relaxing on a beach or in the bushveld. But it's imperative that every person take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while holidaying. Basic preventative measures can work wonders to help you keep your home safe from power surges, broken pipes, home invasions and more while you're away.