Basic Home Security Tips

It’s a smart thought to consider home security. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home; anybody can be a casualty of burglary or worse. There are some inexpensive ways you can increase the security of your home. Here are things you can do today to start having a safer, more secure home.

Secure carport entryways and windows: Most homes have strong, secure front and back doors with well-equipped security locks. Sometimes the entry way from your garage is not as secure; this is the way many intruders or burglars gain entry to the home. Make sure you have strong doors with good locks on all the entry ways of your home.

Be aware of your surroundings: You should always secure your garage or shed, even if they do not give you entry into the home. If they are unsecured, an intruder can go in and find tools that they can then use to break into the house.

Watch your step: You also need to be aware of exterior stairs that lead to the second floor of your home. Intruders can use these to access the windows on the second floor of the home. Many homeowners neglect to lock the upstairs windows at night. Burglars know this and often take advantage of the opportunity to gain easy entry on the second floor. Make sure you always lock your upstairs windows as well as those downstairs.

Change locks when moving into another home: Anytime you move into a new house or apartment you should change the locks on all the entryways. If you do not, you have no idea how many people have copies of the keys and access to your house.

Install a security door viewer or peephole at your front entryway: Even as a child, you were presumably advised never to open the entryway to outsiders. This is wise advice even for grown-ups. Keeping in mind the end goal to see who is at the entryway, consider introducing a security peephole. The peephole makes it simple to see who is outside without them seeing in, and it’s a cheap home security feature you can add.

Install surveillance cameras: Home surveillance cameras can be added to safeguard your property as well as your family. It keeps your property (home, hardware, and other expensive things) more secure. Home security cameras make it easy to see everything that is happening in the house.

Your home can be easily more secure without spending a great deal in purchasing complex hardware. With a little effort and some awareness of your surroundings you too can make your home more secure with these basic tips.

Basic Home Safety Tips

Here are some basic tips to make your home safer. These standard safety measures do not include security and surveillance measures that will be detailed in a separate article. Accidents can happen any day and can be avoided by taking certain precautions when it comes to our home.

Home safety hazards

Home safety hazards include:

  • Trip and fall hazards
  • Poisoning
  • Burn and fire hazards
  • Choking

Home safety measures

Home safety measures include:

  • Keep the floor, stairs, and walkways clear of such things as toys or tools, ice, and water. Keeping the floor, stairs, and walkways clear of things will reduce these hazards. Also, make sure the floors, stairways, and even walkways outside are dry as well as clean. Many people slip on wet or icy surfaces. Certain floor tiles when wet can become like a sheet of ice under your feet so always make sure to dry any wet areas completely before walking on them.
  • To reduce poisoning make sure that chemicals in cleaners, as well as prescription medications in the medicine cabinet, are in a safe place away from children. Especially when it comes to prescription medications these days, it is often better to keep them in a place that you can lock in between your doses.
  • Burn and fire hazards which can occur in the kitchen or backyard as well as other places in and around the house; can be reduced by keeping the right fire extinguishers available. Also, make sure cooking fires or appliances are not around fire hazards such as paper and other flammables; this will reduce these types of burn and fire hazards.
  • Choking; a good place to start reducing this hazard is by making sure you know what to do when someone is choking. However, you also need to be mindful of children and small objects which include toys.

Home safety tips

Along with the above-mentioned safety measures here are some other tips that we have put together for you concerning home safety.

  • Inspect electrical cords yearly; look for areas that are showing bare wires if you find any it is time to replace that cord.
  • Keep bathroom appliances such as hair dryers and curling irons away from water. Always use nonslip mats in the tub and on nonslip carpets on the floor in your bathroom.
  • Inspect the chimney on your house yearly to make sure that it is clean this will reduce the hazard of chimney fires.
  • Reduce clutter in your home which can contribute not only to falls and trips but also to fire hazards by removing old magazines, clothes, etc. that you no longer use.
  • Read the ingredients in your cleaners closely; this can prevent poisoning as well as allergic reactions or chemical burns.
  • Make sure that your throw rugs stay in place by choosing rubbing backing on such rugs or using a carpet tape that provides grip for those rugs on the floor.