Concerned that your current home security measures just aren’t up to snuff? Many people get a sudden wake up call that alerts them to the fact that they just haven’t been paying close enough attention. Often, it takes something happening either directly to the homeowner, or a friend, neighbor or loved one to really get one thinking about the state of one’s own home. In fact, of all the dangers in and around the home, intruders aren’t at the top of the list. Careless and preventable accidents are actually far more damaging and/or deadly in the great majority of cases. Here are some quick fixes that can help avoid a disaster at home.
Create an Escape Plan. Most people don’t think about how they would get out of the house during an emergency, whether it be an intruder or a house fire, until it is actually happening. While most children learn about fire safety at school, the average family never sits down all together to work out a personal safety plan. Good safety and escape plans should involve multiple exit points from each room, a meeting place outside the home, an external contact such as an out of town relative for larger or natural disaster type emergencies, and of course the necessary supplies. The necessary supplies, based on where you live, the climate and the number and nature of natural disasters, could range from a battery operated radio to a flashlight, bottled water, and of course items like fire extinguishers and fold-able safety ladders for easy escape from second story windows.
Install a Monitored Home Security System. If you don’t already have one, monitored systems can be a real lifesaver, literally. Features can be personalized to include everything from intruder protection to flood and fire protection. Panic or immediate assistance buttons can also be included in such a system that summon help remotely from anywhere in the house. These can be especially useful for individuals with limited mobility, or senior citizens living independently and/or alone. Even when you aren’t home a monitored system is connected to a group of security professionals on call 24/7 and ready to send an officer to your home at the slightest sign of trouble. There’s really no better way to keep your home safe even when you aren’t there than to have a personal, 24 hour a day assistant and team of security professionals on your side!
Don’t Leave Loose Ends. Tightening up home security and safety can be as easy as taking a walk around the house and fixing things in disrepair, or that are obvious safety concerns. Great examples are loose stair hand rails, slippery throw rugs or mats, broken kitchen appliances, raw or frayed wires, overused extension cords or adapters, broken steps, broken light bulbs, etc. Each of these simple home repairs can make a big difference when it comes to avoiding common home accidents like falls, trips, slips, and other physical accidents. If there are kids around the house, add burns, scalds, suffocation and drowning to the list. Danger areas include the kitchen, bathroom and any other location where water pools like the yard, or a swimming pool if you have one. Stay safe at home this year and in all the years that come with some simple changes made to your home’s security plan!