Home Safety Checklist - Some Things to Cross Off Your ListArticle Posted by Expert Author: Emma Prior on 09/11/2013
Home ownership is something millions of people dream of. But no one dreams of losing their security and peace of mind to a burglar. Protecting your home is an essential element of home ownership. By not considering the security of your home, you could incur steep financial losses, in addition to the loss of irreplaceable items with much sentimental value. If keeping your home and family safe is your #1 priority, then the following will give you a guideline that you can follow to make sure your home is as secure as possible.
Inside Your Home
Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms should be installed on each floor and carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries and check them twice a year – or each time daylight savings changes.
When they're not in use, unplug your appliances like toasters, coffee makers, and blenders. This helps to prevent electrical fires.
Close your blinds or curtains whenever you are not going to be home to prevent anyone from being able to see inside. This will prevent would-be thieves from confirming whether you are home or not. If you leave your home at night, keep perhaps one or two lights on, and a radio or TV running so that you give the illusion that someone is home.
Of course, if you have an alarm system installed in your home, this should be activated whenever you leave.
Outside Your Home
Any structures aside from your home, such as a shop or shed should be secured as best as is possible. This could mean installing new locks. Of course, no lock works unless it has been secured, and so remembering to do this before you go into your home for the night is always a good idea.
Homeowners should check all windows and doors on both the home and other structures to ensure that no windows are cracked or damaged, and there is no other evidence of structural damage.
Each entry point of your home or its structures should be well-lit. The keys for any vehicles should never be left in the vehicle; instead bring any keys into your home with you, and ensure that not only your vehicles are locked, but that the garage doors are secure and locked as well. And don't leave any valuables in any vehicle.
Around your home, ensure there is nothing that could be used as a hiding place by burglars. This could be anything from shrubs and hedges to an unoccupied dog house or child's play structure.
If you plan to go on holidays, mail piling up at the door can be a dead giveaway that your home is unoccupied. Have a neighbor or friend check your mail. They may also be able to turn lights on and off for you and draw any window coverings so that would-be burglars will think someone is home. Instruct them to cover any collected mail with a dish cloth or place the mail in a cupboard where a thief won't be able to see it.
Have an escape plan in place and be sure every family member knows it. Practice it together at least once a year.
Learn the home security terminology that will help you understand the latest options in home security technology.
These tips are designed to make it simple for you to keep your home and family safe, and to give you the peace of mind that you're taking care of those who are most important to you. You can find more useful tips at http://www.homesecuritysystemsgeek.com/. Home safety is definitely not a topic that you want to leave to chance, as the end result could be disastrous.
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