03 September 2015

Keeping Your Family Safe: Top Tips for Homeowners

Keeping your family safe is likely one of the most important things in the world to you and it’s probably something you put a lot of effort into. However, keeping them safe when they’re at home isn’t always quite as easy as it sounds, and problems can sneak up on you in parts of the house where you least expect them.

While home inspections and outside contractors can help you, there are a lot of things you can do on your own to make your house safer. Use this guide to help.

Replace Windows

Old windows are easy to break, and in a lot of cases the wood around them is so easy damage that even when they’re locked burglars will be able to get into your home. Replacing your windows, especially on the outside of the house, can really make a big difference.

You’ll also get another benefit when you replace your old windows. The new ones will help trap cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter, helping you to reduce your heating and cooling bills a little bit.

You’ll also be more comfortable inside your home.

Upgrade Smoke Detectors

If you’re like a lot of homeowners living in a home built before the 1990's you probably have old-style smoke detectors in your house. While these might work okay to let you know there’s a fire, they really aren’t efficient when it comes to detecting small amounts of smoke.

Older smoke detectors also don’t detect radon gas and carbon monoxide in most cases. Today, these gasses must be detectable when you build a home. Bring your house up to today’s basic safety standards by upgrading your smoke detectors.

Install a Security System

Installing a security system in your home can seem like a huge expense, but for the most part, you’ll only have to pay a monthly bill to keep your home secure. When you have a family, this small additional payment is really one that’s worth it if you want to keep them and your possessions safe from burglars.

Another thing that you’re going to want to do is to use the signs and stickers supplied by your security company that go in your front yard and windows. They may not seem like they would make a difference, but sometimes a sign is enough to make a thief move to an easier looking target.