We’ve spent a lot of time on this blog talking about ways to make your home safe—from block watches to teaching your kids about your own security system. Really, we just think that there is no reason but to be safe, informed, and well-protected citizens. Most of these things can be achieved by being vigilant and by owning a home security system, but there are some things you can do in addition to owning a security system to make your home as safe as possible. We’ve compiled a checklist for you to consider when you consider the safety of your own home
We’ve compiled a checklist for you to consider when you consider the safety of your own home:
• When you leave your home for vacation, it is smart to make it look like someone is home (even if no one really is). Leave some lights or a television on automatic timers and have a friend or neighbor stop by to check on your home from time to time while you are away.
• Make sure all your doors have solid locks (without any spare keys floating around)
• Install a peephole in your front door so you don’t open your door to potential burglars
• No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, don’t leave extra keys under planters, in mailboxes, or on top of the doorframe. Only ever leave an extra key with a neighbor of friend who you trust.
• If you have sliding doors or windows, lay a wooden or metal rod across the frame so the door doesn’t open from the outside.
• Always keep garage doors shut.
• Keep you blinds and drapes shut so that potential robbers can’t see what’s going on in your home—whether you are home or not.
• Store expensive jewelry, electronics, and important documents in a safe at home.
• Never advertise online that you are going away—you never now who reads your Facebook profile or Twitter account.
• Call your post office and have their put a mail stop on your incoming mail—you can collect it from the post office when you return home.
Have you come across any other good advice? We have some other good ideas for helping to prevent fires that we will share with you later this week.