To welcome the New Year, we create resolutions to increase our wealth, our health, and more quality time to spend with family and friends. Have you thought about maintaining and improving your home safety? In fact, in every 20 seconds, there is an opportunity for burglary happens to your home. Therefore, the safety, security, and maintenance for your home are your top priority. We recommend you to do a home safety assessment to save your home and property.
The first thing to do when beginning a DIY home safety and security effort is to identify which areas of your home need to be inspected and where you have weak points. Follow this checklist and you’ll increase the safety and security of your home. By preventing future disasters, you’ll save yourself time and money.
- Make sure that water is not freezing in your pipes to avoid bursting. You should turn on the pipes on above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. To do so, you should add extra insulation. Alternatively, create better airflow such as keeping the cabinet doors open.
- Get a 72-hour kit for your home and car in case of an emergency.
- It is important to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors per month. To do so, you can hold the “test” button so you can hear the loud siren. In case that you do not hear anything, you should replace the batteries. Otherwise, you need to buy the new detector.
- Add fire escape ladders in all second-story and higher rooms. In case of a fire, make sure everyone knows the safest and quickest escape route.
- Test your fire extinguishers pressure gauge. The goal is to make sure that the needle is in the green. Besides, you should repair it if it is outside of this zone or replace it. In addition, you have to examine the nozzle and the hose for cracks. You have to replace your fire extinguisher in case that the locking pin on the handle is broken or missing.
- Ensure electrical outlets are covered and not overloaded. Add protective coverage if children are in the home.
- Install a water alarm in your basement to prevent flooding.
- Know where your gas and water are measured and where the shut off valves are in case of a leak.
- Inspect your outdoor lighting to see if any lights need to be added or replaced. Well-lit homes deter burglars and prevent injuries from falling on black ice or from other accidents. You may consider adding smart lights to your home so you can control when they are on and off using your smartphone.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of expired medications properly.
- Research security cameras and systems and add them to your home’s exterior before peak burglar season begins in the summer. Burglars are 10 percent more likely to rob homes in the summer months. Indoor and outdoor cameras are a great way to deter porch theft, and they’ll allow you to check in on your pets, children, and home when you’re away.
- Check your roof for ice dams and icicles so that snow and ice don’t strain your roof, cause leaks, break gutters, or damage shingles.
- Post a safety resource contact sheet on your refrigerator. The sheet should include phone numbers for your doctors, the local police and fire departments, poison control, and emergency contacts. Being able to access this information quickly in an emergency is vital to your safety.
- Update and replace your home locks. Avoid placing the spare key under the front mat or in flower pots, as this is an obvious place for burglars to check. Instead, give your spare key to a trusted neighbor.
- Maintain your yard regularly. Trim shrubs and cut back large branches. An overgrown and unruly yard gives burglars lots of hiding places.
These are the simple steps to increase the safety and protect your home, family, and property from any unwanted incidents and disasters. Of course, each step needs minimal time and most of them are free.