Home Safety and Security Tips
10 home safety tips focus on improving your home’s security
- Make onlookers that are scoping your house think someone is home.
If you going to be away from your home over night or for an extended period of time, leave a TV or music on in a room near the front of the home and a light on. Use exterior lighting and motion detectors to minimize places where a burglar could easily hide..
- Reliable locks are important!
Install at least a 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and lock all doors before leaving your home or going to bed. In addition to the deadbolts you can use home security equipment such as smart locks to lock and unlock doors remotely. Peace of mind!
- Always peek BEFORE opening the front door.
If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it. If you have a security system, you can keep your home security system’s wireless keychain handy or even your vehicle key fab to press panic button when there’s a stranger at the door, in case you need to call for help in an instant.
- Don’t be obvious with your spare keys!
Please, don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Those fake rocks are a good idea if you already have rocks in the front area. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
- Don’t forget about sliding glass doors.
Set a pipe, board or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. This should be the same length as the track. In addition to that you can also use home security equipment, such as a glass break sensor to alert you if a glass door or window is shattered.
- Keep garage doors CLOSED if you are not outside.
Your garage door leads directly into your home, so it’s important to keep it closed, including when you’re at home and not outside doing yardwork, cleaning, or vehicle maintenance and the like.
- Keep drapes or/and blinds shut when possible.
Don’t allow intruders to easily scope out what’s inside your home, especially where there is expensive equipment in view. Drapes and blinds blur an intruder’s view, making it hard to really see high value items or even whether someone is inside the house.
- VALUABLES in a safe or safety deposit box Please!
Keep your valuables out of reach for an intruder. Use a secured safe or safety deposit box in a bank to stash away your valuables when they’re not in use. This would include and not be limited to fire arms in a gun safe as well if you are a weapon owner.
- NO Notes that you are gone.
Leaving notes for service people (unless you absolutely have to, UPS, FED EX, USPS etc.) or family members alerts potential burglars that you may not be home.
- Adjust your phone ring to the lowest volume (if you have a land line).
If you’re going to be away from home for a few days, an unanswered phone may tip off a burglar that no one is home. Also, have a neighbor or friend collect your newspaper and mail or stop service for the period of time you will be gone. This will avoid a build up and someone wondering if you are home or not.
Thanks for reading, come back next week for Part Two. Home Fire Safety Tips.
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