6th July, 2017 | 3 minutes

Home safety checklist: Seven steps to secure your home

by Anna Peterson
Connected Home Geek

When it comes to the security of your home and the safety of your family, prevention is key – and a home safety checklist can help safeguard against any unwelcome surprises.

Here are seven steps toward protecting your home from hazards such as theft and fire.

1. Become friendly with your neighbours

There are more perks to being on good terms with your neighbour than a cup of sugar when you need it. Neighbours can be your eyes and ears when you’re not around, and might even collect your mail so it looks like your home is occupied while you’re away on holiday. People who look out for each other help to create a safer, stronger and friendlier community environment.

2. Put away your valuables

Take note of any valuables that can be seen from the street and rearrange your belongings where necessary. This can be as simple as taking that extra minute to park the car in the garage (instead of leaving it in the driveway), and keeping valuables out of sight from your front windows and doors.’

3. Install security cameras

Along with a home alarm system, home security cameras can act as a powerful deterrent to burglars while also monitoring any suspicious activity occurring around your home. Home surveillance is now easier and more advanced than ever. You can get wireless camera systems that can be moved anywhere you want, and Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to watch live streams of what’s going on at home via your smartphone or a web browser.

Check out the Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor. With a sleek, modern design, Nest Cams look great as they monitor and help protect your home via a 24/7 live stream feed straight to your laptop, tablet or phone.

With two-way audio capability, you’ll be able to watch, listen and even talk, whether it be to your pets or any unexpected visitors. And because Nest Cams are high definition with an 8x zoom functionality, you can say goodbye to blurry, pixelated CCTV-style footage forever.

4. Lock your windows

This may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the main ways intruders can access homes is through windows. Always keep your windows secured when not in use, and if you notice any loose or broken locks, don’t risk waiting a second longer than necessary to get them replaced or repaired.

5. Maintain your smoke alarms

It’s true that smoke alarms save lives – but that’s only if they work! Ensure that your smoke alarms are working and tested regularly. Consider buying a Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm, Nest Protect looks for fast burning fires, slow smoldering fires and invisible carbon monoxide (CO). It speaks up to tell you what the problem is and where it is. It can also give you a friendly heads-up before it has to sound the alarm and you can hush it with your phone.

See Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm in action here:

6. Service your gas heater

Gas heaters are a cosy way to stay warm during winter, but did you know that if they’re faulty, they can pose a major health hazard to your family? Faulty gas heaters can leak dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide (CO) , resulting in potential poisoning, and even death.

CO is tasteless, odourless and colourless so it can’t be easily detected – which is why it’s crucial to invest in a reliable carbon monoxide alarm that can detect harmful build-ups of this common household toxin. Make sure to have your gas heaters inspected and serviced by a qualified professional every two years.

7. Get a home fire kit

To protect your family and belongings from a household fire, a fire kit should always be at hand. A basic kit consists of a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket. A good place to keep your fire kit is close to the kitchen, where household fires are most likely to occur.

And finally, for ultimate peace of mind when protecting your home against theft, fire and other unexpected damage, having the right home and contents insurance plan will ensure you’re supported if the unthinkable happens.

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Any advice provided in this content is of a general nature and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You need to consider the appropriateness of any information or general advice we give you, having regard to your personal situation, before acting on our advice or purchasing any product.

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