Nobody likes to speculate on all that could go wrong within their home.  Most of us prefer to relax when we’re at home, rather than picturing intruders bursting in, children getting snatched out of the yard, or fires racing through the kitchen.  And while the occurrence of these events is small, that doesn’t mean they aren’t a possibility and that you shouldn’t plan for them.  By neglecting safety concerns within the home, you’re opening yourself to attack, liability, or damage.  But don’t fret; it’s easy enough to take matters into your own hands and there are varying levels of security and safety precautions that you can install, so that anyone can work within their budget.  Here are just a few areas you may want to address.

The first thing to consider is the possibility of external threat, in the form of burglars, attackers, or other types of criminal mischief.  Before you even buy a house, you should research the area you’re moving into.  You can look online or check in with the local police department to get information on criminal activity and sex offenders in the neighborhood, as well as find out if (and how often) police patrol the area.  This is important information to have before you purchase a home, but if you failed to obtain it at the outset, it’s not too late.  You can find out now and use the information to decide on the level of security needed to protect yourself and your family.

In terms of setting up security for your home, there are several types of equipment you may want to look into.  The first thing you should do is install proper locks on windows and doors.  A deadbolt on the front door is a great idea, since that is the main point of entry for the home.  But you should also secure other doors and windows, and even the garage.  Just remember that locks are useless if you don’t use them.

Another option is to install flood lights, which will hopefully scare intruders away.  You can also add burglar alarms to provide early warning of intrusion (and inform the police at the same time).  Even if you live in a relatively safe area, this isn’t a bad idea because it will also reduce the cost of your homeowners insurance.  You could even install surveillance equipment around the property, although this is a little too extreme (and expensive) for the average home.  Finally, you’ll want to fence the property and keep gates locked.  This stops the family pet from getting out, but it also prevents others from getting in.  It will not only stop your kids from being easily snatched from the yard, but if you have a pool, it will also keep neighborhood kids from getting in and possibly drowning.

As for the interior of your home, you should make sure to have working smoke detectors in each room and keep up-to-date fire extinguishers on every floor.  Young children and pets have a penchant for getting into things they shouldn’t, so place alcohol, prescription drugs, chemical solvents, and other harmful items in locked cabinets.  And be sure to have a list of important safety numbers programmed into your phone (police, fire department, poison control, etc.).  With a little common sense and a few pieces of security equipment, you can easily make your home a safe environment in which to raise your family.

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