When you’re spending time at home, the last thing you want to think about is flooding, burglaries or fires. But, sadly, accidents happen, and it’s always best to be prepared. Here are some simple ways to make your home safer for summer.
Invest in burglar deterrents
Even if you live in the safest, quietest neighborhood going, it’s wise to invest in deterrents. The sad reality is that any family could be the victim of theft. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to stop a burglary. But there are steps you can take to make it tougher for thieves to break in. One of the easiest and most effective methods is to buy and fit a burglar alarm. Security lights and electric gates can also be repellants. Even a simple ‘beware of the dog’ sign may put some burglars off.
If you’re going away on holiday, try and make it look like you’re still at home. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and cancel newspaper deliveries. Ensure all doors and windows are locked and keep a light on.
Look out for leaks
If your home isn’t watertight, this can cause problems, especially if heavy rain is forecast. If you notice dripping from the ceiling or wet floors, you may have leaks. Call in the experts so that they can check the walls and floors and the roof. They can use specially designed equipment for underground leak detection. If you do have any problems, you can address them before they get any worse.
If you live in an area prone to flooding, take steps to reduce the risk of water damage. Keep sandbags in the garage and listen out for weather warnings. If you are advised to leave home, don’t hesitate to get on the road. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Check your smoke alarm batteries
House fires are uncommon, but they do happen. Smoke detectors will alert you to any danger long before you notice the smell of burning or see flames. If you don’t already have detectors, buy some without delay. They don’t cost much, and they save lives. Once you have smoke alarms, make sure you test the batteries frequently.
It’s also wise to fit a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is often known as a silent killer because it has no color or odor. Make sure you have gas appliances checked regularly. Keep an eye out for symptoms such as lethargy and severe headaches. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also affect pets. If you notice changes in your pet’s behavior, and you don’t have an alarm, call your vet.
All of us want to live in a safe, comfortable home. Sometimes, you can’t avoid accidents. But there are things you can do to try and protect your home and family. Follow these simple tips to reduce the risk of water and fire damage and burglaries. A few minor changes can make all the difference. Hopefully, you’ll have a safe haven, and peace of mind in no time at all.