Every new year many of us will set New Year’s Resolutions to help improve our lives. Most will focus on health, jobs, and other personal goals. Why not create an achievable resolution that will increase your family and home’s security and safety?
Resolve to Upkeep Your Current Home Security
With each changing season, it’s a good idea to check in with your family and home to make sure your home security needs are being met. This year, resolve to check major security points in your home to make sure everything is working as needed.
- Is your home well-lit, inside and out? In winter, it’s good to have outside lighting to help you see when leaving for work and getting home. Year-round, outside and inside lights can help deter thieves. If you’re going to be away from home, it might be a good idea to invest in timers for lights to make your home seem active.
- Are doors and windows working properly and all secure? Not only should you make sure all doors and windows are locked, even those on the second floor, but also make sure that they are working properly. If window frames allow water to enter, the frozen water can break them and allow access.
- Are the trees, shrubs, and bushes maintained around your home? Although pretty, greenery close to your home can provide cover to burglars. Make sure to trim back and maintain the greenery around your home. It is also a good idea to make sure any ladders and other tools are stored away.
- Have you tested your system recently? Consistently using your security system is the best way to make sure it’s doing its job. Over time wires can wear, sensors can be damaged, and even something as simple as a power surge or brown-out might mess with your security system. Make sure to test your security system regularly to ensure it’s working properly. Read this article or contact us to test your system.
As your family grows, evolves, or changes, you should also make sure your security system has all the functions that you would like. If you think upgrading to Smart Security will help your family’s security and home’s functionality, take a look at this blog post about Smart Home Security.
Resolve to Create a Family Fire Plan
Have you created a fire plan for your home? This year resolve to have your family prepared or updated.
- Plan for everyone’s needs. Does your household involve children? Elderly family members? Pets? Make sure your plan involves each of these family members and their ability to react and mobilize on their own.
- Find two ways out of every room. Check each room of your house and make sure all windows and doors can unlock and open easily. Each room should have more than one way to escape.
- Involve your children in the planning process. Most kids will remember better if they are a part of the planning process. Draw a rough map of the house and have your children help mark exits and the location of smoke detectors.
- Choose an outside meeting spot. Decide on a spot outside, at an obvious marker (the mailbox, a neighbor’s home). Make sure it is also near the front of your house so emergency responders can see you.
- Check your smoke alarms regularly. They should be properly placed and working. If you have pets, use the test function on your smoke alarm to see where they might hide from the noise. This way, you are better prepared when an emergency happens.
- Go over the plan and practice regularly. Share the plan with everyone that lives in the house. It is also a good idea to share it with visitors and overnight guests. Make sure to practice this plan at least once a year.
For more information and ideas, check out this Fire Plan resource from Traveler’s blog.