Home Tips for Safety and Security

Home Tips for Safety and Security

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In addition to arming your home with a security system, there are general home safety tips you can follow to protect against burglars, intrusion and fire and give you and your family an added layer of protection.

  1. Leave a television or stereo on if you are away for any extended period of time and use exterior lighting and motion detectors to deter burglars.
  2. Ensure all doors have locks that are functioning properly and install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  3. Do not leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants and other obvious outdoor locations.
  4. Set a pipe of metal bar in the track of your glass sliding door and have a glass break sensor installed on the glass sliding door.
  5. Keep garage doors closed at all times, even when you are in the home.
  6. Keep curtains and blinds closed, so that burglars cannot see inside and take inventory of your belongings.
  7. Store cash, jewelry and any other valuable item in a locked safe or safe deposit box instead of having them out in the open in the home.
  8. Adjust your home phone ringer volume to a low setting, if you are gong to be away from the home. A phone that goes unanswered could be a signal to burglars that nobody is in the home.
  9. Hire a home watch service to watch over your home while you are away for any extended period of time.

Fire Safety

  1. Ensure all materials used in renovations are fire resistant.
  2. Never leave lit candles unattended.
  3. Never leave an open flame or stove/oven that is on unattended.
  4. Do not leave hot irons or outdoor grills unattended while in use.
  5. Have carbon monoxide detectors, as well as heat sensors and smoke detectors installed and make sure they are in proper working order.
  6. Make a fire escape plan for you and your family, in case of an emergency.