WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE – All homeowners wonder about the overall safety of their homes. Many fear fires in the middle of the night or a thief breaking in and stealing their belongings. Whatever frightens you most about home safety? There are a number of ways that you can ensure your home and your family are protected.
1. Be prepared for anything. Whether you are preparing for a fire or a break-in, you should always be prepared. Make sure that your family has a fire evacuation plan in place and of course, always ensure that smoke and fire detectors work properly. You should replace batteries in your smoke detectors at least every six months and never leave stoves unattended or cigarettes burning. Clean out dryers to remove lint regularly as well.
2. Know your home. It is very important that you know where your main power and water shut-offs are located. Your breaker or fuse box should be labeled to ensure that you can quickly turn off anything that may be overheating or causing electrical problems. Make sure that you know where your main water and gas lines are running both inside and outside your home. If you are unsure of this, hire a professional plumber or electrician to point it out for you.
3. Never assume that you can repair everything. Sometimes a professional is needed. If you have a major plumbing issue or feel that you may have a problem with your electricity, it is better to pay the fee for a professional rather than risk repairing the problem incorrectly. Many home fires are caused by homeowners who think that they have properly solved an electrical problem but simply were not knowledgeable enough of electricity in general. It is much better to pay the fee and protect your home than save a few dollars and lose your home to a fire.
4. Check your doors and windows. Keeping out burglars is part of protecting your home. If your exterior doors are not strong enough to protect your family, they may need to be replaced. Solid doors are much better for exteriors and you should ensure that you have heavy duty locks on your doors and security systems on your windows. There is never too much when it comes to protecting your home and family. Find a security system that makes you feel protected and remember to use that system any time you venture out of your house.
This article was written by Rockdoor, manufacturers of secure front doors and UPVC french doors that are designed to fit many preferences as well as many budgets.