Thursday, October 25, 2012

Keeping Your Home And Family Safe - Tips Everyone Should Know

This is a guest post.

Everyone agrees that home safety is the top priority for any head of household. However, if the family has children, the need for protection is even higher. Children are less able to recognize danger and depend solely on their parents or guardian to keep them safe. Luckily, there are many steps a homeowner can take to protect their family and home.

No Cost Ways To Add To Your Home Safety
Outdoors, it is wise to keep bushes and trees away from a house. Otherwise, burglars find it easy to hide as they try to break in. Additionally, light the area around doors at night and remove tools like ladders, step stools and garbage cans to make your home less attractive to thieves. Crooks could use these things to climb up to windows that they, otherwise, could not reach.
Remember, common burglars look for the easiest targets, bypassing those that put up resistance to their criminal activity. Dark areas offer seclusion for burglars who pick locks or smash windows. These crooks always want to remain unseen, so taking away their hiding places helps. Hard-to-climb fences are great deterrents, but they also provide places to hide. Therefore, care should be taken in deciding what type of fence to use.
Another tip is to keep your yard clean, and always keep expensive toys out of sight. Moreover, borrow or buy an engraver and etch serial numbers or a driver's license number on items of larger value. This helps track them down later, if they do get stolen. Furthermore, make sure it seems as though someone is always home. Never let mail or newspapers pile up outside; have a friend or neighbor pick them up when you are away.

Economical Safeguards For Best Protection
Indoors, keep windows and doors locked at night, whether you are at home or away. In hot weather, if you must have windows open -- use screens. Removing screens makes noise that intruders do not want. Skylights or roof vents work better for letting the heat out and are safer as well.
Security alarms are the best way to let a potential burglar know that you are serious. There are very economical security services on the market that cost little and provide superior protection. Always choose services that place notices outside your home, which state that your house has protection. Popular security firms like, Wirelessalarmsystems.com, provide this notice for you. For homes where everyone is away during the day, a home security service provides unequaled protection from intruders.
Protection from further threats, such as fire, flooding and carbon monoxide leaks is also available with motion detection systems. Recent technology has brought the price down and the functionality up for security monitoring companies who keep watch on your home, 24/7. Peace of mind is now more affordable than ever.
Likewise, be proactive by knowing your neighbors and the schedules they keep. Notify the police if you see strangers lurking or other suspicious activity. In this way, potential crimes may be stopped before they happen or while they are taking place.

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