Taking a spring break trip? Prepare your home for your absence.

Your bags are packed, tickets are purchased and adventure is on the horizon for you and your family. Before you leave for another exciting vacation, ensure you have protected your home for while you are away. These tips can help keep your home and assets safe, so you can relax and enjoy your getaway.

Have someone check on things while you are away

Whether it’s a family member, neighbor or friend, arrange for someone to keep an eye on your house while you are traveling. Ask this trusted individual to drive by daily to check on the place, and consider giving them a key to feed your pets, bring in the mail or water your plants. In case of an emergency, make sure they have a copy of your itinerary and your contact information.

Get a home monitoring system

Consider investing in or upgrading your security system, as the presence of an alarm can influence a burglar’s decision to target your empty home. Plus, OKFB policyholders with an active burglar alarm may be eligible for a discount based on the type of system they have installed.

Turn off or unplug appliances and electronics

TVs, toasters and phone chargers can use electricity even when they are not in use. Before you leave for vacation, be sure to protect your belongings from power surges and save on the electric bill by turning off or unplugging these items. Make sure all lights are off when you leave your home, adjust the thermostat for your absence and unplug small appliances.

Stay off social media

Refrain from posting about your trip on social media until after your vacation is over, as this may advertise to potential burglars that your home is empty. Instead, wait until you are safely home to share photos and travel memories with your Facebook friends.

Looking for peace of mind your home is protected 365 days a year? Contact your local OKFB agent today.

Show your loved ones you care by getting your insurance in shape

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and chances are you’re looking for a way to show your loved ones you care. While roses and chocolates might show your love in the short term, an up-to-date insurance policy can provide the gift of protection for your family. You may not be able to give an insurance policy as a gift, but you can make sure your life insurance policy has the right amount of coverage. Learn more about this act of love and others that will show your loved ones you care!

Update your life insurance policy

Life insurance is necessary, no matter your age or health status, and keeping your coverage up to date is just as important. Changes in family size or responsibility can impact your life insurance needs or your policy’s premium. Ensure you know the ins and outs of your current policy, and chat with your agent about the right amount of coverage to protect you and your loved ones in case of the unexpected.

Consider coverage for the road

Your vehicle gets you from point A to point B and everywhere in between. On the road, showing your loved ones you care starts with driving safely. But you should also make sure you have the right coverage for your unique scenario. Auto insurance can help cover any accidents you have, but more importantly it can also be a source of protection for you and your passengers against accidents.

Ensure your home is properly insured

Your home is where you family spends the most time, and ensuring you have the proper coverage is of utmost importance. Review and update your policy annually to account for any changes to your property or possessions. Renovations in the last year could mean your property needs a valuation update, and any big ticket items purchased may require adding personal property coverage to your policy.

You can learn more about the right coverage for your unique needs by contacting an agent.