A secure home is a source of comfort that allows you to relax whether you’re at home or traveling. Home safety and protection options come in many different forms and include everything from fences to fire protection, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed. You can start small and build out your systems over time. Read on to learn more about some important aspects of home safety to consider.
One of the biggest dangers in your home is carbon monoxide, a gas that has no odor or color. Carbon monoxide kills an estimated 400 people in the U.S. every year, most while they’re asleep. An additional 20,000 people visit the emergency room because of the gas.
Fortunately, protecting against carbon monoxide is simple and inexpensive. The National Safety Council recommends installing battery-powered or battery-backup carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. Since carbon monoxide is emitted from cars and can be emitted from appliances like hot water heaters, generators and furnaces, it’s essential that the detectors are mounted adjacent to basement and garage spaces that are at risk for gas leaks.
One note of caution with regard to hard-wired units without battery backup: They won’t function during a power outage. The NSC advises homeowners to change the batteries on their units when the clocks change in the spring and fall and to replace the units every five years.
Most homeowners are aware of the danger that fire poses. However, many homeowners aren’t fully prepared for common fires that are most likely to start in the kitchen or the garage.
Readiness for fires begins with having a functioning fire extinguisher on each floor of the house. Since grease fires and electrical fires have different chemical compositions, it’s important to check for the type of fire your extinguishers are designed for. You’ll also want to know how to operate your extinguishers and teach other residents of your household how to use them.
In order to detect fires before they start, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, particularly outside bedrooms. Smoke detectors may be one of two types: photoelectric or ionization. While ionization detectors are generally more responsive to flaming fires, photoelectric sensors are more sensitive to smoldering fires that are just beginning. If you can’t find a dual alarm, most safety resources recommend installing both types of fire alarms in your home.
Some of the most effective ways to secure your home are also some of the simplest. Beyond ensuring that your doors and windows are deadbolted when you leave, no-cost measures like not closing your drapes and blinds in the daytime and leaving a radio or TV on can act as simple deterrents.
For the next level of defense, it’s smart to subscribe to a security service or install a home security system yourself. The advent of digital technology has made it easier to purchase and install a multicamera system that you can monitor remotely, such as from your smartphone. A well-lit home, including landscape lighting and motion sensors, is also an effective way to deter crime.
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