Improving Home Safety From the Inside Out

The world can be a scary place, full of things and people that can do us harm. But the reality is most people are injured in their own homes. Makes sense when you consider how much time we spend in our house. teddy-teddy-bear-association-ill-42230But your domain doesn’t have to be a death trap. Here are a few ways you can improve home security and safety from the inside out:

Start With Controlling What Comes in Through Media: Today, some of the biggest safety concerns are related to Internet use. Kids and adults can fall victim to hackers that steal your identity and malware that destroys information. Not to mention the things that young eyes could stumble across.

Use every resource available to protect your Internet-capable devices and computers. Security software can be used to alert you of malware and threats before they do damage. There are also additional security measures that can be taken on operating systems and web browsers to prevent things like pop-ups and adult material. Creating strong passwords and not giving out sensitive information online are two other security essentials.

You have to watch out for the TV as well. Many of the latest television models are smart TVs with built-in Wi-Fi. Providers like DIRECTV give you a number of parental controls that limit what kids can access through the Internet and regular programming.

Escape Plans: Getting Out of Your Home Safely: Often it’s dangers within the home that pose the biggest threat. In 2014, alone 379,500 homes caught fire. When a fire breaks out or a natural disaster strikes, your home becomes one of the least safe places to be. Getting out of your house during an emergency seems easy – until you’re in the thick of the pandemonium.

Every second can count during household fires or even a break-in. Each person in the house should have a plan for escaping from their room as well as the common areas. Every possible route to an exit should be mapped out so that you have options. After all, you never know where the danger may be or if an exit will be cut off.

If you have a two-story home or live in a multi-floor complex you should consider getting a fire escape ladder. They can be kept in a closet and quickly roll out to provide a safe way down out of a window. You can find them for as little as $35 – a small price to pay if you need to get out quickly.

Install Smoke Alarms Around the Home

They are simple devices that have saved thousands of lives and counting. Installing smoke alarms is the easiest way to protect your home and family. However, there are a few smoke alarm cardinal rules everyone should follow:

  • Always have operable smoke alarms on every floor and outside every bedroom.
  • Check the smoke alarm batteries at least once every six months and replace them every 12 months.
  • Test the smoke alarms once a month.

It really isn’t a large investment or big time commitment. For around $100 and 10 minutes every month you can reduce your chances of dying in a house fire by 51 percent.

Protecting Outlets: The small outlets on the walls of your home can be much more dangerous than most people realize. They account for 15% of electric shock cases involving children. That’s about 2,400 injuries a year. Make a commitment to check each outlet in your house.

  • Electrical hazards are one of the top causes of house fires. If an outlet is damaged or not working properly have an electrician look at it.
  • Check the receptacle of each outlet. Regular receptacles that were used prior to 2008 allow objects to be pushed into the openings.
  •  Switch all regular receptacles to tamper resistant receptacles. The latter has spring-loaded shutters that prevent foreign objects from poking inside.
  •  To further dissuade little ones from tampering with an outlet you can use childproof electrical outlet caps. Simple yet effective.

Home Security: No one wants to think about someone breaking into their home, but it’s a reality for thousands of people every year. The sad thing is simple security measures could have prevented it from happening. Make it a habit to:

  • Always keep the doors and windows locked.
  • Install a peephole in your front door.
  • Keep a light on at the front door at night.
  • Lock the door between the garage and the house.
  • Advertise your home security system provider in the front yard.

All garage doors and gates should have a padlock for added security. Remember, burglars use entrances all the time. Don’t make it easy for them to get through the door.

Comments

  1. Those are all great tips, thanks. We don’t have a fire escape ladder yet, we should get one.

  2. ellen beck says:

    Good tips for sure. I like how you start with the internet. Both home and on phones (for folks who use smartphones) you are inviting the world into your home and some dont give it a second thought.

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