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How to Make Your Home an Even Safer Place to Live

As comfortable as you may feel in your home, there are still dangers you need to safeguard against.

06/08/2018

Your home creates a sense of security. It provides shelter and protection for you and your family. However, as comfortable as you may feel in your home, there are still dangers you need to safeguard against. These threats include burglaries, house fires, accidental injuries, and indoor pollutants. Though you may not be able to control some of these circumstances, you can reduce the likelihood of them happening by making your house just a bit safer to live in. Here is some advice:

Update Your Home Security System

Most homeowners invest in a security system to deter burglars from entering the property. This is a great first step. However, if you’ve had the same security system for more than 5-10 years, it may be time for an update. Newer home alarm systems have advanced features that increase security throughout the home. Advanced systems provide remote access to household cameras, while smart features make it easy to do things like turn the lights off and on, set the thermostat, lock the windows and doors, and even manage the sprinkler system.

 

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Upgrade Locks

When is the last time you checked the locks on your windows and doors? Older locks are easy for burglars to pick and enter the premises without much force. To keep the bad guys out, you should upgrade your window and door locks to devices with higher security measures. Smart locks, for instance, have various authentication methods including pin codes which can be used to unlock your door as opposed to using a traditional key. They also automatically lock and sync well with home security systems.

Install Fire & CO Detector

Though not all fires and gas leaks can be prevented, you can keep them from causing harm to you and your family. Installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home is a vital safety tip. As fires can start off as nothing but smoke and carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas, detecting these household emergencies on your own is nearly impossible. Detectors will alert you and your family in an instant so you can exit the home safely and contact the fire department. If you already have detectors, make sure that they’re still fully functional and that the batteries aren’t dead.

Don’t Procrastinate on Repairs

Whether the carpet is unraveling at the ends, the banister is wobbly, or there’s a loose plank on your deck, you don’t want to procrastinate on getting these things repaired. These are all problems that could cause someone to get hurt badly. A trip or slip and fall could result in a ton of injuries that take weeks to recuperate from. So, make sure you handle matters like these right away. If you're going to do the repairs yourself, make sure that you have the right safety equipment, tools, gear, and space to complete them to avoid getting hurt.

The Same Goes for Maintenance

Think that foregoing routine maintenance like having the HVAC, plumbing, or electrical systems serviced is no big deal? When not properly maintained it can make your home less safe. An outdated electrical system could spark a house fire. An undetected plumbing leak can cause water damage and mold. A poorly maintained HVAC system sends allergens like dust into the air. Stick to your household maintenance schedule to prevent such things from happening.

Put Up Fences

Fences are more than just decorative items you place around the house to improve curb appeal, they can also increase security. Adding security fences around the property deters intruders from trying to break in. They also provide privacy when you and your family chose to enjoy the outdoors. If you have a pool, a fence can also prevent others from accessing it, getting seriously hurt, or drowning.

There are a lot of dangers in and around your home that you should guard against. It’s true that you may not be able to fully prevent a potential burglary, fire, or accident, but you can reduce the chances of it happening to you or someone you love. Do a review of your house to see where your vulnerabilities lie and take action to improve them. These easy to follow home security tips will make your safe haven just a bit more peaceful to live in.

 

 

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