Home Security Tips And Tricks
A Definitive Guide to Making Your Home a Safe Secure Haven
Everyone wants their home to a peaceful, safe haven. Sadly, accidents in the home do happen. Have you recently moved? Are you doing up an old house? Or are you in the middle of a home makeover? If so, here is a guide to help you create a safe, secure home, and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Valuable Simple Home Security Tips
- Home Maintenance
If you’re renovating an old home, you may be working through a lengthy home maintenance to-do list. Even if you’ve already moved, and you’re settled, you still need to keep tabs on maintenance jobs. Here are some areas to focus on when you’re a homeowner.
- Electric And Wiring
If you’ve bought an old property, and you’re doing it up, research local electricians. Ask a qualified electrician to visit the house and have a look at the electric and wiring. It may be that the systems that are in place are outdated. In this case, it may be best to rewire the home before you move in. If the wiring is fine, you may still need an electrician to check your power sockets and electrical appliances. Once you’ve moved in, don’t forget to schedule routine checks to reduce the risk of electrical injuries. If you have issues, contact your electrician. Don’t try and fix anything yourself. You may do more harm than good, and there is a high risk of accidents.
- Roofing And Building
If you haven’t moved yet, it’s wise to get roofing and building work completed before you start decorating. Ask some local roofing and building firms to visit and provide you with quotes. There may be underlying issues with the roof. Or you may want to adapt the layout of the rooms downstairs, for example.
If you’ve already moved in, or you’ve been living in your home for a long time, keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear. If there are holes in the roof or missing tiles, for example, you may experience leaks. Damp patches on the ceiling may be a sign of a leaky roof. If you suspect that there may be tiles or slates missing, call a local roofer. Don’t get the ladders out, and have a look yourself. If you fall, you may suffer life-threatening injuries.
- Home Heating And Cooling Systems
Home heating and cooling systems enable us to feel comfortable throughout the year. If you already have a central heating system in place, regular boiler checks are highly recommended. If your boiler breaks, or it starts leaking, this can result in hefty bills. You may also be at risk of health problems. If you have air conditioning units, these will also need checking by a professional. The beginning of summer is a good time to organise a visit to make sure air conditioning units are in good working order. You’ll often find that local HVAC companies offer a range of services, which cover all the systems you have at home. You can find additional details from Academy Air for example online. All these services in your local area will be quite easily found when you go online.
- Preventing Accidents At Home
Nobody wants to think of their home as a labyrinth of hazards and pitfalls. But the reality is that every home can harbour hidden dangers. Here are some suggestions to help you prevent accidents at home.
*Slips Trips Falls Prevention
Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of accident in the home. Keep doorways, and stairwells clear from obstructions. Tidy up regularly, and ensure staircases are well-lit. Avoid walking on wet floors, and clean up any spillages as quickly as possible. Use stair gates to reduce the risk of falls if you have small children.
*Home Fire Safety Check
House fires can be caused by cooking, discarding cigarettes, or using heated appliances. Always make sure you switch off devices like hair straighteners at the socket. Take care when cooking, and never leave pots or appliances unattended. Keep children and pets out of the kitchen when you’re cooking. Take care when using portable heaters, and keep them away from soft furnishings. Try not to smoke indoors. If you are smoking, keep away from fabrics and textiles. Make sure you store matches and lighters out of the reach of children. A home fire safety check always starts with making sure you have working smoke detectors at home. If you don’t already have alarms fitted, call your local fire service, or visit a hardware store. If you do have devices, make sure the batteries work by testing them periodically.
If you have medicines at home, make sure they are stored in a secure place, such as a locked cupboard.Never leave tablets, creams, or medicine within reach of children or pets.
Home Security Tips and Tricks
The idea of somebody breaking into your home is incredibly distressing. In some cases, it’s impossible to prevent burglaries. But there are ways you can try and deter thieves, and protect your possessions.
- How To Deter Burglars
If you want to make your home a fortress, there are various things you can do. Invest in security systems, including a burglar alarm, outdoor lighting, and electric gates. Dogs and CCTV cameras can also be very effective repellants.
If you’re going away, try and make it look like somebody is still at home. Leave a light on, and ask a friend or neighbour to park their car in your drive. Make sure you cancel orders for milk or newspapers. If there is a stack of papers or a collection of full bottles outside, this is an invitation for thieves. Ask somebody to pop in and collect your mail for you. It’s also a good idea to open and draw the curtains from time to time.
- Protecting Your Possessions
Nobody has the right to break into your home. But if you leave valuables lying around, some people will take this an open invite to help themselves. Never leave valuable items within view of windows and doors. Don’t leave a laptop on the sofa or a mobile phone on the coffee table. Avoid putting plasma screen TVs on the wall by the window. Store items, which hold significant financial or sentimental value in a safe place. Never keep large sums of cash in your home unless you have a safe.
Park your car in a locked garage if you have one. If you don’t, park it as close to your home as possible. Don’t leave anything valuable in the car. Remove sat navs, phones, and laptops from view.Never leave your car keys by the front door. There have been many incidences of thefts that involve stealing the keys and then taking the car. Thieves are crafty, and they can use items, such as wire hangers, to reach through the letterbox and pick up keys. If you have a spare house key on the ring, this also enables them to break in without causing a scene.It’s not any safer to leave the ‘remote keys’ near door or window, nowaday’s clever hacker will be able to get your code within minutes.
- Simple Home Security Tips and Tricks
It’s essential to make sure there are no simple ways in for thieves looking for easy pickings. Make sure your home is locked and secured. Before you go to bed, check every door and window. Use double locks on front and backdoors. Make sure skylights are closed. Most thieves use windows to access properties. If you have window locks, use them. Carry out the same checks before you go out to work, or you set off on vacation.
- How To Deal With Emergencies
Nobody wants to think about dealing with emergencies at home. But it’s wise to work out what to do if emergency situations arise.
You’ve done your home fire safety check, you are careful and alert but still .. If a fire breaks out, you may be able to put it out yourself. However, if the flames are high, or there is a lot of smoke, get out of the house as fast as you can. If it is only a very small, contained fire, use a fire blanket to smother the flames. If it’s not controllable, call the emergency services and stand well clear of the house. Do not attempt to go back into the house to rescue possessions. It’s not worth putting your life at risk for material items.
If you’ve had an accident at home, and you require urgent assistance, call the emergency services and wait for help. If you’ve fallen and you suspect that you may have a spinal injury, try and stay as still as possible.
If you have a furnace emergency, call the experts immediately. Don’t try and fix a boiler yourself. Been there, done that, don’t even start at it yourself!
*Local plumbing services
If you’ve got a leak or a water pipe has burst, call one of the local plumbing services. If you attempt to repair the problem, you may make it worse. Most companies operate an emergency callout system. So call them asap if needed, as well at night. Water is fast and strong, the damage it causes can be horrendous.
We all dream of living in a safe, comfortable home.
Sometimes, accidents and incidents are inevitable. But there are often steps you can take to protect yourself and your home. Take these simple home security tips on board to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and make your home a safer, more secure place. Hire professionals to take care of maintenance jobs, and schedule regular checks. Secure your home and take steps to deter thieves. Address potential hazards in the home, and make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Oh, and there is one more important point on my list of home security tips and tricks, do not publish details about your vacations on social media! You might want all your friends and family to see your gorgeous sun-kissed tan, the beach, the hotel .. the burglars are on high season and looking for venues for their next performances, don’t put your place on a silver tray for them!
Thanks a lot for paying attention to my ‘Home Security Tips and Tricks’, just a few simple home security tips that I found quite use- and helpful. Of course, you will find any of the services I have recommended above, as well in your neighbourhood.
Take good care of yourself!