Important to do list before you leave for winter break

Winter in Ann Arbor photograph

Winter in Ann Arbor photographBefore you leave for the semester break, make sure your residence is secure and safe, so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises when you return.

Reminder: Residence Halls close at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

Here’s a checklist to make sure that your residence is safe and secure when you’re not in town:

  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Secure sliding glass doors and windows with security bars
  • Close curtains or blinds
  • Keep valuables and expensive electronics secure and out of sight
  • Take home passport/IDs and medications
  • Take out the trash 
  • Unplug electronics to help prevent an electrical fire
  • Store bike in a secure interior location or take it back home
  • Stop mail delivery while you are away or have a trusted neighbor or family member retrieve it for you
  • Do not turn off heat before you leave (A minimum of at least 52 degrees fahrenheit is commonly recommended.)
  • Avoid parking your car on the street (If the city of Ann Arbor declares a snow emergency, your car may be towed while you’re away.)

From all us at DPSS, have a safe and relaxing break. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!