For most of us, all of life’s goals can boil down into a single basic concept: keeping the people we love safe and happy for as much of their lives as possible. Home security, in particular, is a key component of keeping everybody happy and safe.
In this article, we’re going to talk about practical things you can do right now to increase your family’s safety and security while they are at home.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
If everybody is hanging out in the yard, it’s okay to keep one door unlocked so people can run in and out to use the restroom, grab a snack, etc. Just make sure the door you leave open is one that you can see clearly from wherever you are.
And make sure that the blinds in the house are closed so that passersby won’t see what looks like an empty house!
Create a Safety Plan
For example, in the event of a fire, everybody’s primary goal is going to be to get outside as quickly and as safely as possible, while making sure to grab various important objects on the way, like a phone to call for help and any pets you might have.
In the event of a break-in, however, the shared primary goal is to stay out of the way. If someone breaks into your home the very best thing you can do is hide. And also to find a place to hide within whatever room you’re occupying when the break-in occurs.
You don’t want people trying to run around the house looking for hiding spots or running outside. They might run across the intruder and make the situation much worse!
Identify hiding places ahead of time for everybody in each room of the house as a practical safety measure. Practice getting into them. Practice keeping your phone nearby so that you can call someone for help.
Download Some Apps
The best are apps that will alert your local authorities with just the push of a couple of buttons. There is also an app that requires you to hold down a button and then, if you let go, will alert the authorities to the phone’s location if you don’t touch the button within a few seconds.
You can also download apps that connect with your security system so that, if something happens, you can tap into the security system to see exactly what is going on from wherever you are - even if you’re out of the house entirely.
Speaking of which…
Install a Home Security System
In many cases, simply having the ADT protection sign in a window is enough to deter ne’er-do-wells.
Usually, though, you’ll want something more advanced. Security systems have come a long way over the last few years, especially since smart phones have become so prevalent. They also aren’t limited to invasion detection.
One common trend in ADT home security for California homes, for example, is to include carbon monoxide and fire detection along with sensors for doors and windows. This way you don’t have to keep track of several monitoring systems at once. One system monitors all potential threats and alerts you accordingly.
These are just three things that you can do right now to make your home more safe. For a thorough safety audit, contact your local law enforcement agency. They’ll send a pro out to do a walk-through and help you identify the things that you can change to make your home as safe as possible.
This post was contributed by Jenna B