A secure home is one where everyone is safe, but it is about more than just keeping burglars out. Obviously, you want to keep people from breaking into your home, whether you’re there or not, but you also want to make sure that your home and your family are safe in other aspects of home life.
There are a lot of things that go into home safety. Here are a few things to consider when making sure that your home is a safe and secure place for your entire family.
Step one to a safe home, no matter how big or small your family is and no matter how old or young your children are, is to prevent theft. Investing in a security system is a wise thing, even if you feel as though you live in a safe area. Bad things happen all over, and they can happen to anyone.
Most break-ins tend to happen when people aren’t home, but there are things that you can do to help keep your home safer, especially when you head out on vacation. Consider leaving a light on in your home even when you aren’t there (maybe a kitchen or bedroom light), put newspapers on hold and have the post office hold your mail when you’re on vacation for more than a day or two and don’t post on social media about being away from home.
Preventing Fires And Poisoning
Your home also needs to be safe from dangers and accidents. Fires happen to thousands of homes a year, so you should make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure that your home is a safe place. That means having working smoke detectors, teaching your kids not to play with matches or lighters, and have a working fire extinguisher are all things you need.
You should also consider having a radon detector in your home, as well as a carbon monoxide detector. Both of these can happen in your home unknowingly and pose a risk to you and your families lives.
Protecting Little Ones
Child safety stuff is also an important aspect of a safe and happy home. There is a lot that goes into this, from watching for safety recalls, to childproofing cupboards and bathrooms. There are plenty of lists online for childproofing your home for babies and toddlers, but teenagers and pre-teens can get into trouble too.
If someone in your home owns any kind of weapons, like guns, that need to be locked up and away from kids of any age, but you also need to teach them about safety when it comes to these things. Teens that may be wanting to experiment with alcohol could be sneaking yours, so that may need to be locked up in a safe place as well.