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Poll: Before I leave home, I double check I've:
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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 10, 2007

Turned the lights off!!

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Noni Gilbert
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Lights and door Oct 10, 2007

I normally manage a swift backward environmentally friendly glance at the lights, and also try to remember actually to close the front door, otherwise my neighbours laugh at me - chasing after children as I depart often means that things get forgotten!

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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My dogs spend the day in the garden... Oct 10, 2007

...so I voted the urgent email option...

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Cintia Pecellin  Identity Verified
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Close Outlook Oct 10, 2007

I always make sure I have closed all Outlook applications (or shut my computers off), otherwise my Blackberry will not receive new messages sent by clients while I am away and I would lose work.

I also make sure I have closed all windows and that I'm not wearing my PJs and slippers (I've been known to get out of the house in that manner...).


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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

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Household appliances and door Oct 10, 2007

Before leaving home, I double check if the gas supply is turned off as well as if all doors and windows are locked up. And, of course, I shut down my computer after having done all this so I can check my mails for last time;).
Regards,
Fernando


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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
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Make sure I talk to my cat Oct 10, 2007

I know, I'm a crazy cat lady. I wish him a pleasant day and a nice nap.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 10, 2007

How can you leave home without checking all these things? The only one I wouldn't say yes to is the one about the dog/cat, because our cat either goes to a cattery or is shut in with enough food & drink to keep her going for one or two nights (never more than that).

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Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
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I talk to my dog Oct 10, 2007

Nina Khmielnitzky wrote:

I know, I'm a crazy cat lady. I wish him a pleasant day and a nice nap.


Me too, Nina! I also talk to my dog!!! I love animals and I love her of course! I make the arrangements for her to be comfortable while I am away. After that, I check my mails and if the doors and windows are locked.


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Vittorina Klingbeil  Identity Verified
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Locked up ... Oct 10, 2007

Closed all the windows, activated the alarm, double-locked the doors, locked the security gates, and padlocked the outside gate.

This is South Africa after all ...


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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Why leave your home? Oct 10, 2007

I don't quite understand why you people do this?

And where is the most natural option "I don't leave my home", I wonder?..


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Beatriz Galiano
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Check it all Oct 10, 2007

I always check that everything is off before I leave, especially electricity both to prevent fires from shortcircuits and because my neighbours have access to my connection and steel.(this will soon be solved, I hope.)

On the other hand, I agree with Jack 100%, let my siamese cats out while I'm not home, never!


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Giuliana d'Orazi Flavoni
Italy
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Other Oct 10, 2007

Definitely... I know I am mad, but I cannot leave the house if I haven't double checked that:

1) the dogs (yes! two of them!) are fine
2) the gas is off
3) I've actually handed in my work
4) the lights are off
5) I've checked my email
6) The door and windows are locked...

and of course,

7) that I have my house/car keys as well as my mobile

I have been known to lock myself out the car/house!


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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
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I have a routine... Oct 10, 2007

I went for the household appliances option, but actually I check quite a few things before I leave home:

1. Check my hair straighteners are switched off!
2. Check that nothing has been left on in the kitchen
3. Check that the cat has food and water
4. Turn off all the lights
5. Check my handbag countless times to make sure I've got my keys, wallet and mobile phone (I get emails on my phone, so no need to worry about that..)
6. Finally, I check that the cat is where I can see her so that she doesn't make a run for the door when I open it.

I am horribly paranoid about these things, and quite often turn around and come back home once I've left to check them again. And even then I might panic about leaving the gas on two hours later!


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xxxMorratrad  Identity Verified
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Cats... Oct 10, 2007

I talk a lot to my 2 cats... but one of them is deaf!!!

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