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Home safety checklist: Seven steps to help secure your home
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 other 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 suspicious activity occurring around your home. Home surveillance is now easier and more advanced than ever. There are wireless camera systems available that can be moved anywhere you want, and Wi-Fi connectivity can allow you to watch live streams of what’s going on at home via your smartphone or a web browser.
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.
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.
7. Get a home fire kit
To help 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.
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Last updated: 4/12/2019