Do you ever feel safer than you do at home? As your home ages, it can become less safe. Structural improvements and security technology are just two pieces of the puzzle to safeguard your home against a variety of dangers. Follow our advice on how to improve your home security today.
Reduce your risk of home theft
Did you know that home theft is surprisingly common? In 2015 alone, a burglary occurred every 19 seconds in the United States, according to the FBI. Most of these occur during the day when your home is more likely to be unoccupied.
When you move into a new home, one of the first things you should do is have the locks changed. This will give you a fresh start and ensure you know everyone who has a key and access to your home. If you need to have a spare key available, don’t store one in an obvious spot on your front porch. Give one to a trusted neighbor instead. Take it a step further and install one of the many smart locks on the market.
Another obvious way to improve your home security is with a home security system. There are many alarm systems out there to choose from and you can even set some up yourself. Keep an eye on your front door with a security camera or video doorbell. Display a sign showing would-be criminals that your home is protected. Also, make sure you have motion sensor lights around your home exterior to further deter burglars.
Household burglaries increase in the summertime, so have a preventative plan in place during this time. Don’t leave windows open, especially when you are away or overnight. If you go on vacation, stop your mail so it doesn’t build up in your mailbox. It’s also a good idea to skip the social media announcement about your amazing trip, as this can tip off burglars.
Prevent a house fire
It only takes five minutes for a home to become completely engulfed in a house fire. Even more deadly than the flames are the smoke and toxic fumes. This is why it’s so important to take all precautions to prevent a house fire from starting in the first place.
One of the most common causes of house fires is cooking. You can decrease your risk by never leaving the grill or kitchen while cooking. Be sure to keep flammable items, such as towels and curtains, away from cooking areas. Another way you can stop a fire before it gets out of control is with a multipurpose fire extinguisher labeled A-B-C.
Other causes of house fires include improper use of heating equipment and electrical problems. Always turn off portable heathers when you leave the room or go to sleep. If you need to do electric work in your home, always hire a licensed electrician.
Consider installing a smart smoke alarm in your home. These devices automatically check their functionality and often include carbon monoxide detection as well. You can also receive alerts when there is a fire in your home while you are away and when the danger has passed, you can silence the alarm using your handheld smart device.
Have the proper homeowners insurance
Despite following the tips above, some home disasters are unavoidable. Homeowners insurance (or renters insurance if you are in an apartment) can help protect your largest investment, your home. Depending on the coverage you select, your homeowners insurance policy can help you out if you are the victim of a house fire, thieves strike, natural disasters such as tornadoes, or a visitor is injured on your property.
When it comes to shopping for homeowners insurance, make a list of what coverages you need and get a few quotes to see where you can get the best rate. Safe Auto Group Agency has teamed up with Hippo to offer smart coverage for modern possessions and people’s lifestyles today. Get a free quote online in 60 seconds or less (renters, we can help with that too).