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Top Home Safety Tips and Advice

07/06/2013 | Room to Grow, Safety | by Catherine Godiva

Our homes, more than any other place in our life, our where we feel most secure. The fact is, however, that they can also be the most dangerous. Indeed, the vast majority of emergency room visits are due to accidents that occurred at home. Not only that but many people just don’t have doors, windows, garage doors and other entrance points into their home that are particularly secure, something that can greatly increase the chance of home invasion or robbery. With that in mind we present our Top Home Safety Tips for your perusal. We hope they help you to make your home safe and sound. burglar breaking into a house

A well-lit home is less likely to be robbed so make sure that, at least on the outside, you have effective lighting. You can put outdoor lights on timers or use motion detector systems so that they don’t burn all night and waste electricity. Plus, make sure that any hedges, foliage or trees that are right up against the house are properly trimmed so that you have a clear view through all windows and doors at all times.

Although it may seem like a good idea the average criminal knows exactly where to look for that spare key that you thought you had hidden quite well outside. Better to give your neighbour a spare key should you ever become locked out least you come home to a big surprise.

In most cases, a home that appears occupied will be less likely to get burgled so, when you’re not at home, leave 1 or 2 lights burning and also leave the radio on. Using timers to turn lights on and off in different parts of the house is also an excellent idea.

Installing shatterproof glass windows and deadbolt locks on all of your exterior doors as well as securing any windows on the second floor with extra bars or locks if necessary will keep strangers and criminals from entering your home where you might not expect them to.

Fire is one of the most dangerous things that can happen in a home so make sure that your smoke detectors are working perfectly and that you have enough of them in your home to give everyone a fair warning if a fire breaks out.

Many burglaries and home invasions begin simply when you open the door without knowing who’s there. To keep that from happening you should install peepholes in your front and back doors and always ask for identification to be shown before you even begin to unlock the door. It goes without saying that allowing strangers into use your phone is probably not a good idea.

Finally, in this day and age it’s better to err on the side of caution if you see something happening in or around your home or town that seems suspicious. It’s a shame that we have been forced to live like this but if something looks out of place or someone is acting suspiciously give your local police station a call and let them check it out.

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