Turning Your Home into a Safe Haven

 

For most of us, our homes are our castles. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for your home, your happy place, to come under attack. There are several threats to be wary of when you own property. Here are some tips to help you turn your home into a safe haven.

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Security

We often think of burglaries as incidents that happen to other people, but in reality, thieves could target any property. If you don’t already have security measures in place, it’s a good idea to explore options and think about what kinds of investments would suit your needs and your budget. Nowadays, you can access an array of different solutions from doorstep cameras and CCTV to electric gates and smart security lights. You might not need to go all-out and turn your home into Fort Knox, but it’s wise to have deterrents in place. If a burglar spots a camera, or your home is protected by outdoor lights or a gate, they may well think twice about choosing your property. 

Fire safety

Figures suggest that there are around 354,000 house fires every year in the US. It is not always possible to prevent fire or smoke damage, but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of fires and protect your family. Examples include having your heating and cooling systems checked on a regular basis, having your electrical appliances tested and staying in the kitchen while you’re cooking. It’s also crucial to supervise young children to prevent them from playing with sockets, plugs and wires, and to turn off electrical devices and appliances when you’re not using them. If you smoke, it’s best to go outside. Take extra care when lighting candles, and avoid covering radiators or heaters with soft furnishings. Make sure your home is fitted with smoke detectors, and check them at least once a year. Smoke alarms save lives. It’s also useful to have a small fire extinguisher and a fire blanket on-site. 

Lowering the risk of accidents

Accidents happen in every home. In some cases, slips and trips are inevitable, but there are measures you can employ to lower the risk. Keep corridors, staircases and stairwells clear, clean up spillages promptly and use stair gates if you have small children. Always ensure that cleaning products, medicines and any other potentially harmful household goods are stored away from the reach of fingers and paws. It’s advisable to keep these items in a locked cupboard. In the garden, repair or replace damaged fencing and paving stones, and use outdoor lighting if you plan to sit out once the sun has gone down. Fence off any water features or ponds if your kids are young or you have pets. 

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We all want to think of our homes as a safe haven. If you’re worried about accidents, you have small children, or you’re on a mission to make your home safer and more secure, hopefully, this guide will point you in the right direction. 

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