We spend so much time creating a beautiful haven in which to live; we must remember to make it safe and secure too. Below are some suggestions on how to secure your home, so you can sleep easy and feel protected.
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Make it part of your ritual to turn off lights and unplug electrical appliances before you go to bed. This includes laptop and phone chargers, computers, printers, the toaster and the TV. Our increased connectivity means we have a lot more electrical appliances now. Turning off electrical appliances and lights before bed will save on your energy consumption and it’s also a safe practice to adopt. An electrical fire can spread quickly when you are sleeping, so turning off as many appliances as you can is just common sense.
Install a security alarm system
Alarm systems should be at the top of your list when working towards creating a safe and secure home. Safeguard your family and your home with a high-tech system. You’ll sleep better at night and when you go away. There are many different security alarm options. These include CCTV systems, wireless technology and systems with speech dialler and audio microphone abilities. Make sure your security system is regularly maintained and everyone that needs to know the code remembers it. If you have paned glass windows on the front door, keep the security keypad out of sight. Today’s technology also allows us to monitor our alarm system through our phone while we are away. A home security system can also decrease your homeowner’s insurance and subsequently increase the value of your home. Here are some other tips and tricks to increase your home’s value.
Smoke and fire alarms and fire extinguishers
Smoke and fire alarms save lives; it’s a simple as that. It’s not something to be slack about. Know the difference between smoke and fire alarms and consider installing both. Smoke alarms detect smoke. Fire alarms have heat sensors and sprinklers, and can also be linked to the emergency services. Look for a smoke alarm that also includes a carbon monoxide detector. Also, makes sure to have a fire extinguisher in your home. Be aware that there are different fire extinguishers for different types of fire. Keep a water fire extinguisher in the bedroom and living room for carpet and fabric fires. This type of extinguisher cannot be used in the kitchen on cooking fires. Use a wet chemical fire extinguisher in the kitchen. And keep a fire blanket close by to extinguish any small pan fires.
Choke Free and Window Cords
The mini ones in your life love little things. They like sticking them up their nose and popping them in their mouth. A big piece of Lego halfway up the nose can be funny, but if objects are tiny, hard and edible, they can dangerous for babies and toddlers. Be aware of any miscellaneous objects in your house and on the floor that little ones can get hold of. Do a regular sweep to make sure nothing is lying about. Also, be very careful with window cords. These are known to cause strangling in children and babies. The best thing you can do is choose cordless window blinds.
Bottles of bleach and medications
It’s a given really, but just to reassert the point; keep all bleaches and hazardous liquids high up in the kitchen. Label everything. This includes medication too. If you have children, keep these types of items in locked cupboards.
Keep Your Car Keys By Your Bed
No, we’re not expecting you to make a quick getaway at night when life gets a bit too much. But if your car key has a panic alarm button, keeping your car keys by your bed is a good practice to take on board. If you think you hear a suspicious noise in the night, press the panic button on your car keys. This will trigger the car alarm and cause an unwanted distraction for any potential burglar.
Safety and security in your home should not be brushed aside as something to do later on. It should be top of your list for peace of mind and sleep easy nights.