Chances are that in all the places you can be in the world, your home is the one in which you feel the safest. Of course, that is a good thing, as we should feel protected and safe in our home. Although, there is nothing wrong with doing things to make sure this is the case. Indeed, there are many actions you can take to ensure your home is as safe as possible. Read on to find out what they are.
- Install a home security/alarm system
The first thing you can do to make sure your home is as safe as possible is to install good home security and alarm system. Choose one where the alarm is linked to a private company that will come and checks your home whenever it’s triggered, as this will give you peace of mind, even when you are out of town or out of the country.
There are various things you can add to your home alarm system too, such as window and door sensors, that will trigger if anyone tries to gain entry into your home from the outside. You may also want to install motion alarms that will pick up movement in your home that is unexpected.
Then there are CCTV cameras which are very affordable now and can be set to send the feed to your mobile phone. This means even if you have just popped out for an hour or two you can check that all is well at home.
You may even want to invest in a video doorbell, which allows you to check who is at the door before you open it. Many also provide you with the option of answering your door from any location, which means you can look like you are at home, no matter where you are, something that will put off those considering breaking and entering.
2. Light up your home
Lights are also a very important aspect of home safety. This is because a home with lights on will look occupied even when it’s not, and so put off those that may wish to break in.
One type of light that can be useful is a smart light, because these can be set on a timer, or turned off and on over the web. This then gives the impression that the property is occupied and being used, and so will dissuade burglaries and others with nefarious intentions.
Lighting up the outside of your home well is also crucial for safety, especially when you and your family are at home. This is because it denies those that may wish to gain entry to your home, a place to hide, making it much more difficult for them.
Similarly, it’s always a good idea to have an area where you make a transition from your car to your house well-lit. Indeed, this not only dissuades people from laying in wait for you but also means you are less likely to slip trip, or fall because you will easily be able to see your route.
Of course, for the latter to be practical the lights need to be automatic or you need to be able to operate them before you get out of your vehicle.
3. Invest in fire prevention
Staying safe at home is not only about protecting your property from those that would invade it. Indeed, there are many other dangers that you need to do your best to minimize. One of these is the risk of fire, which at best can cause a great deal of physical damage to your property, and at worst can result in the loss of lives.
To keep your home and family safe from fire, there are a number of things you need to do. The first is to install fire alarms and check them regularly. Where possible install both alarms that detect smoke, and heat, as this will provide you with the most protection.
Additionally, make sure you have fire safety equipment in the home such as fire extinguishers, and fire blankets for the kitchen. Practicing your fire escape route is a good idea too, as this can help to keep everyone calm should there be a fire.
Lastly, investing in a fire sprinkler system for your home can help to suppress the flames as quickly as possible. Of course, if you choose to go this route you will want to make sure that you choose to use a system of the highest quality. With that in mind, be sure to check that it uses parts like this black steel Industrial Pipe which is known for its extreme heat resistance. Then you can be sure that you can rely on it to keep your home and family safe.
4. Have a flood / bad weather preparation plan
Another way to keep your home and family as safe as possible is to make sure that you ha22ve a flood/bad weather preparation plan. In fact, whether you live on a known flood plane or tornado zone, or not you should have this kind of plan because freak weather can occur in any location.
Such a plan should include whether to evacuate or shelter in place. If your plan is to evacuate you will need to set out a location that is the safest for the weather you have in mind. If the plan is to shelter in place you will need to know the whereabouts on your property to go to that will provide you with the most protection.
Your plan should also include the steps you will need to take to secure your home such as using sandbags at the doors and windows to prevent flood or boarding up windows to prevent them being shattering in the storm.
Additionally, having an emergency bag that contains a first aid kit, wind-up radio, basic rations and water is a very good idea and can make a massive difference in the event of an emergency.