Home safety is one of your main priorities as a homeowner. You want to make sure the environment you care is suitable for your children and pets. Through a series of easy precautions, you can make your home as safe as possible.

Make it look like someone is home

If you keep a light on and a car parked in your driveway most burglars will not take the risk of getting caught. If you make it appear there is someone home/ awake you will be less likely to get robbed at home.

Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places

Burglars know the common places that people will leave spare keys such as under a plant, door mat, or rock. Make the spot where you keep your spare keys somewhere that isn’t close to the door (still on your property) and isn’t a common place someone would look. Take at look at this article for ideas on where to hide your spare keys!

Don’t put flammable objects near fire sources (oven/stove top, toaster, portable heater, fireplace)

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If its in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom, keep all flammable items away from any fire sources to avoid the risk of causing a fire.

Don’t leave digital footprints for criminals

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Home safety goes beyond the actual property of your home, it includes being smart and safe online. Do not post about leaving for long periods of time until you come back home. If a burglar sees a post that you and your family are on vacation or you are on a business trip, they know that it is the perfect time to strike. Keep all information about leaving town private until you are back home.Do not post your address/ phone number. Posting your address or phone number is asking for people to come to your home or try to scam you over the phone. Never share private information online.

Have your property surrounded by a fence

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Having a fence around your property will give more of a warning to potential burglars to not come in. It will also provide a security measure to prevent kids and pets from running away.

Keep dangerous items such as tools and poisonous substances out of reach from children and pets

Lock up items such as tools, paint thinner, and rat poison in a high cabinet or a place your children or pets cannot get to.

Use non slip mats in and outside of your shower/bathtub.

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One of the most common accidents in a house is slipping/ falling. To help combat this happening in the shower buy a nonslip rubber mat for your in your shower and right outside your shower. You can order one here

Always turn off hot hair tools promptly after using them.

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Leaving hot hair tools on after you are done using them is a huge risk. There is a risk of a pet or child getting burned or the device starting a fire. Always turn off your straightener or curling iron right after you turn it off.

Lock all doors (including your sliding glass doors)

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 Home safety is very important and this is the most basic thing you can do! Never forget to lock all doors and windows at night or anytime you leave the house to prevent any possible break ins. You could even consider investing in smart locks for your home and control your locks right from your smart phone, check out the best smart locks of 2019 here

Use a doorbell with video (such as SkyBell or Ring)

Consider buying a doorbell with a video camera that detects motion. This will allow you to check on your smartphone to see who is at your door before you even get up. This will also alert you of any detected motion at your doorstep.

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By: L. DiBartolomeo August 12, 2019