Keeping your home safe is the top in every homeowner’s list of things to do. Everyone wants to come home and feel like they are safe, it’s our sanctuary and we should feel shielded. There are a number of factors when it comes to our home feeling impervious and secure. Today we talk about ways you can keep your home, and those of you who live in it, maintained and safeguarded.
Invest in a Home Security System
Whenever we discuss the safety of the home, physical safety from intruders is always the first thing that pops into mind. When someone breaks into our home, it becomes a huge violation of our private lives. Aside from lost goods, people feel incredibly vulnerable after their home has been burglarized. A home security system, such as ADT alarms, can deter would-be burglars and catch them mid-act if they ignore the system. Many systems also include fire and ambulatory calls in other emergencies so that you can truly feel safe from all sorts of issues that could arise. Stressed about cost? Most programs offer a wide variety of services that can accommodate any budget. Additionally, your homeowner’s insurance company could offer you a discount for installing a system. Saving you more than just your peace of mind!
Maintenance Goes A Long Way
Keeping your home in tip-top shape is a vital way of keeping your home safe and sound. Annual checkups on your windows and insulation can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Routine checkups on pipes can keep the roof of your house from bursting or leaking. Even having your roof looked at on an annual basis can keep it in great shape and doing its job well. Confused on when and how often to maintain the home? Each month you should:
- Clean furnace filter (it helps regulate the temp in your home and decrease electric bills)
- Check water softener and replenish with salt (if applicable)
- Clean faucet aerators and showerheads
- Inspect all drains (including tub) for debris and slight clogging.
Every Spring and Autumn you should:
- Have a professional inspect your heating system, fireplace, and roof
- Clean gutters and power wash your windows and siding
- Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Every Autumn you should:
- Rake leaves
- Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping
- Winterize exterior plumbing
All of these steps ensure that your home can protect you from the elements without breaking down or causing a fire.
Revisit Your Fire Safety Plan
Speaking of fire, it’s the one thing that no homeowner wants to deal with. We have a theory that if you plan for the worst scenario, most probably you’ll never need to implement that plan. Whether that’s true or not, it’s far better to be prepared than to pretend like it could never happen. Fires happen. A fire safety plan helps you keep from fires starting in your home and gets you out in case such mishap occurs. A few things to consider:
- Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher. Having one in the garage would also be helpful
- Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should be in the garage and one on every level of the home. Ideally near bedrooms.
- Never leave the house with your stove on, candles lit, or fire in the fireplace. It’s helpful to also unplug appliances and electronics you are not using.
- Create an escape plan and practice a monthly fire drill
- Have your electrician check the house annually to anticipate any wiring damage and correct them immediately
- If you use portable heaters in the winter, always turn them off before leaving and keep them free from flammables.
With these tips, you can create a home that will look beautiful from the love and care you put into it, keep it and all who are within the walls safe and enjoy your home for a long time to come.
Article Submitted by Community Writer.