A home is supposed to be a place of safety. A place where you can relax safe in the knowledge that you aren’t going to come to any harm. This is why we have put together this safety checklist for making a safe home. Follow the points on this checklist, and we are confident that you will feel more comfortable where you live.
Install Security Cameras
One of the biggest home safety upgrades that you can make is installing a security camera. In fact, installing a complete security system may be much preferable. Look at the Alarm Grid post about home security systems for more information on this.
Most home burglary issues don’t begin with somebody breaking down your doors or busting through the windows. They start with a simple knock on the door. When that door is open, they come right on through.
It is vital that you know who Is at your door before you open it. It isn’t good enough for them to just identify themselves. You need to see it for yourself. Video doorbells, including Ring security cameras, can help with this.
Check The Locks In Your Home
Make sure that every lock on your doors and windows is working. Never leave them unlocked. Almost all home break-ins are because the criminal realized the house was easy to get into. Don’t make it easy.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Every month, you will want to check the smoke alarms in your home. If they don’t beep, replace them (or the batteries).
Some people may also want to consider smart smoke alarms. These should make it a lot easier to keep tabs on whether your smoke alarms are working.
Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Many homes ditch the idea of carbon monoxide alarms. Don’t.
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. If you are not alerted to a carbon monoxide leak, then it will kill you.
An alarm isn’t that expensive and could save your life.
Get Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets
There should be fire extinguishers around your home, and fire blankets in the kitchen.
Fire spreads fast. The fire brigade won’t get there in time.
Of course, don’t tackle the fire if your safety is at risk. It is better to lose your home than your life. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small. Once it starts getting out of hand, then get out of there.
Install Safety Latches on Cabinets
If you have children in your home then install safety latches on all cabinets. You will want to pay special attention to cabinets where chemicals or pharmaceutical products may be stored.
Install Deadbolts On Doors Leading Outside
Again, this is all about preventing burglaries. Install deadbolts on all your doors. It is going to be much more cumbersome when you leave your home, but at least your property will be that much safer.
Ensure That Your Home Number is Visible
Your property number should always be visible from the street. If you are dealing with an emergency, the last thing you want is for the police, ambulance, and fire brigade to not know where you live.
This is just scratching the surface of things that you can do to make your home life much safer. You may also want to consider the following:
- Know the escape route from your home.
- Install alarms
- Store flammable liquids in fireproof areas.
- Install light switches at the top and the bottom of the stairs.
- Install motion-sensing lights in your yard, particularly the backyard.
We promise you; a safe home is a far happier home.