A Safe and Secure Home
Posted by Dorothy T. O'Neill on April 26, 2014
Your home should be a place of security, that one spot in the busy world where you can feel like you, your family and your belongings are protected. Any violation of that sense of safety can cause a great deal of emotional stress and even trauma. Thankfully you can significantly reduce your chances of having to deal with the loss of personal safety that follows a home invasion by taking a few simple steps.
Close Windows and Lock Doors
It can be very to forget to lock a door or to leave a window open on the ground floor on a hot evening. Chances are that you aren’t thinking of being the victim of a crime, and small lapses in security seem like no big deal. The problem is that when you leave an entrance unlocked or open, you make yourself an easy target. Someone looking to rob your house is going to want to make it easy as possible on himself. When he sees an open windows, it looks like an open invitation.
Install a Home Security System
The best home security system can make you feel safer and can even make your life more convenient. Security systems are easy to have installed and simple to use. Most of them will summon help during an emergency. Some of them will even lock doors, set alarms and turn lights on and off.
Many home security systems can come with cameras inside your home so that you can monitor what goes on while you are away. This is particularly useful if you have children staying alone or with a babysitter. You can even use it to look in on your pets while you are at work.
No one can completely erase the possibility of a break-in, but you can definitely reduce your chances of being a victim. It is easier to be confident in your family’s safety when you know you’ve taken steps to secure your home and property.
Be Careful With Social Networking Information
As much fun as it is to post pictures of your vacation, it could also be dangerous to your security. It is impossible to know who can see your posts on social media sites. Someone could be watching and may be interested to know when you will be away.
Be Friends With Your Neighbors
One things neighbors can and should do is to watch out for each other’s families and property. Know your neighbors’ contact information, and give them a call if you see something suspicious going on at their house. Get to know them so that you can trust them with information like when you will be away. Every neighbor is a potential extra set of eyes to help keep your home and property protected.
Install Motion Sensing Lights and Security Cameras
It makes a lot of sense to install a home security camera at your front door and around other parts of your home. The cameras don’t have to be hidden. In fact, they will work as deterrents if they are easily seen. Some people even put signs up announcing that there are security cameras on the property.
Motion sensing lights are another good security measure, and they are easy to install. Light makes crime less likely to occur, and chances are that a home intruder will move on the next house if yours is well lit.
Fire safety tips to make your home better
Posted by Dorothy T. O'Neill on January 13, 2014
Fire is a tool that is very beneficial in our lives. It aids in cooking, heating the home during cold days and provides light during an electricity blackout among others. While it has several uses, it can be dangerous when not handled properly. It has resulted in many accidents that have led to loss of lives and property among others. In order to have a secure home from fire, home security monitoring should be done effectively and efficiently. Some of the fire safety tips that can make your home safer are listed below.
Install affordable fire sprinkler system
Fire sprinklers are automatic in that they will start running once a fire has been detected and help in extinguishing it. One can either purchase sprinkler systems that utilize water or non combustible gases. Installing the systems will help put you at ease that your home will not burn down in case of a fire breakout. From time to time, the system needs maintenance to ensure it will function well.
Install smoke detectors
Home security systems, home alarm systems and smoke detectors work hand in hand with sprinkler systems to help put out the fire. The 6Webs staff stated the smoke detectors help to warn the owners that excessive smoke is being detected in a particular room which means the beginning of a fire. Some of the areas to install smoke detectors include the kitchen and living room among others.
Teach the children the dangers of fire
Children are a curious lot and often you will find them playing with matches around the home. Due to lack of proper knowledge many light papers, pieces of wood and even pieces of fabric. These items retain a bit of smolder which can lead to a fire if placed near combustible items. It is important to teach your children that fire is a tool, it is dangerous when handled incorrectly and the consequences that might occur thereafter.
Plan an effective escape
As a family, you need to plan and practice an effective means of escaping a fire when one breaks out while everyone is in the house. Important things to note include use of damp blankets to wrap yourself, using windows and doors to escape the house and staying low to the floor when escaping among others. As a family, you should designate a safe area that everyone will meet after escaping the house.
Appliances need to be used wisely
Electrical appliances are some of the contributors to home fires. Many people do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions on proper usage of the appliances. Improper use may lead to sparks, overheating, unusual smells and shorts which are signs of a faulty and dangerous appliance. One needs to immediately shut off the electricity supply and unplug the device safely.
Avoid overloading electricity points
A home security camera, a TV, a home theater system, an iron box and juicers are some of the machines that people use at home. While they are useful, they need electricity to run which means they have to be plugged in a socket. For homes with few sockets, people tend to use multi-plugs where they plug several devices at once. This may lead to shorts and sparks that may start a fire.