33 Tips for a Safer Home
Your home is generally a pretty safe place to be but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t risks. People sustain serious injury and even death from accidents in and around the home each year, many of which could have been prevented.
From house fires to intruders, we are going to share an amazing some great for a safer home. These tips are easy to implement and use straight away and in a lot of cases, are just common sense. You can’t just use one product and have complete safety and security, it doesn’t work like that. It takes multiple steps working together to ensure your safety.
- 1 1. Install an Alarm System
- 2 2. Window Alarms
- 3 3. Use Security Film
- 4 4. Security Cameras
- 5 5. Be Careful when Answering the Door
- 6 6. Add a Door Brace
- 7 7. Actually Use Your Locks
- 8 8. Sliding Door Security
- 9 9. Reinforce the Door Jambs
- 10 10. Install a Peephole
- 11 11. Install a Deadbolt
- 12 12. Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed at Night
- 13 13. Motion Lighting
- 14 14. Use a Fake TV
- 15 15. Keep the Garage Door Closed
- 16 16. Don’t Forget the Gates and Sheds Too
- 17 17. Avoid Accidental Poisoning
- 18 18. Join the Neighborhood Watch
- 19 19. Watch What You Post on Social Media
- 20 20. Keep All Cords Out of the Reach of Children
- 21 21. Learn CPR
- 22 22. Have a Supply of Food and Water
- 23 23. Plant Thorny Bushes Outside
- 24 24. Focus When You’re Cooking
- 25 25. Use Surge Protectors
- 26 26. Have a First Aid Kit at the Ready
- 27 27. Bathroom Grab Bars
- 28 28. Use Stair Gates
- 29 29. Fully Extinguish Those candles
- 30 30. Keep Smoke Alarms Maintained
- 31 31. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- 32 32. Complete any Home Maintenance Projects
- 33 33. Fire Extinguishers
1. Install an Alarm System
Any intruder wants to be in and back out of the property as quickly as possible and do so undetected. An alarm system is a great deterrent as they know there is a great chance of them being seen, reported, and caught in the act. Alarm systems are not just decoration, they work!
2. Window Alarms
Window alarms are inexpensive, small, noisy and can be attached to your windows in seconds. They give off a loud noise when the window is opened and the alarm unit’s magnetic strip breaks contact with the frame.
3. Use Security Film
You can use security film over your Windows which is an adhesive tape very similar to window tint, but it can be completely clear. This won’t make your window smash-proof, but it will discourage most burglars by keeping the glass from shattering easily.
4. Security Cameras
Before installing your cameras, always be sure to complete a risk assessment so that you can determine the best place to put your equipment. In order to help you with these considerations, check out our post here for choosing the right places for your cameras.
5. Be Careful when Answering the Door
It is important that everyone in the home understands how to answer the door correctly. Your children should never answer the door unless given permission by you to do so. On many occasions criminals have waited for the door to open and then forced their way in. Don’t open the door without knowing who they are.
6. Add a Door Brace
The importance of door braces just aren’t discussed enough when it comes to home security. They are usually bolted to the floor and when ‘locked’ it can help the door to easily susain several hundred pounds of blunt force.
7. Actually Use Your Locks
What is the point of even having locks installed if you are not going to use them. During a large percentage of burglaries, the burglar walked straight through an unlocked door. Even if you are home, keep your doors locked.
8. Sliding Door Security
We often think of front and back door security but what about the sliding doors? These are much less secure than your usual entry points. You can use a wooden rod to reinforce the door or look into buying something like the Patio Door Security Bar which uses a swinging action which pivots the bar back up on the back hinge. This way, you won’t need to completely remove the bar when not using it.
9. Reinforce the Door Jambs
If you pry off the trim/doorstop that the door closes against, you will see where the jamb has been nailed through the shims. You need to remove each of the nails and replace them with long screws. Put the doorstop back and you’re done. This will hold against even the most powerful of kicks.
10. Install a Peephole
A door viewer or a “peephole” is a small opening that is drilled through your entrance door and fitted with a fisheye (wide-angle) type lens. These will allow you to see who’s on your doorstep without opening the door. If you don’t recognize the person on the other side, you can decide whether to open it or not.
11. Install a Deadbolt
Deadbolts are harder to break than your usual door locks. Be sure to also add a simlock to make sure that the lock can’t be picked.
12. Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed at Night
When it is dark outside, keep your curtains and blinds closed. If left open and you have the lights on, it is easy for anyone to see inside your home to see if there’s anything of value.
13. Motion Lighting
Light up the outside of the home with motion lighting to deter any burglars with plans to target your home. Give them no shadows to hide in.
14. Use a Fake TV
A fake TV is an inexpensive and great investment if you spend much time away during the dark hours. Just like a real TV, they emit flashing lights of different colors so that from outside, it looks just like the real thing.
15. Keep the Garage Door Closed
The garage is another common entry point into your home for a burglar but it is also where people store expensive items. It isn’t difficult to just keep the garage door closed.
16. Don’t Forget the Gates and Sheds Too
While keeping the main doors to the home is common sense, we often forget about our gates and sheds. Sheds are usually where expensive tools and gardening equipment are stored so security here is essential too.
17. Avoid Accidental Poisoning
All household cleaners and medications should be kept out of the kitchen and away from food and food preparation areas. This is especially important if you have children living in the home.
18. Join the Neighborhood Watch
If you have a local neighborhood watch in your area, join it or start your own. This way everyone involved looks after, and out for each other.
19. Watch What You Post on Social Media
Social media is not, or shouldn’t be a numbers game. Only accept friend requests from people that you actually know and never post when you are going to be away from the home on vacation. If you want the world to know, share the information when you return.
20. Keep All Cords Out of the Reach of Children
Cords are dangerous for children and they don’t understand the dangers that they pose. This not only includes things such as phone and laptop charger cables but also window blind cords and anything else that could strangle a child.
21. Learn CPR
CPR saves lives! Find a local class and get some good hands-on training. It takes only a few minutes for someone to become brain dead due to a lack of oxygen.
22. Have a Supply of Food and Water
Water is essential for our survival and we can’t last much more than a few days without it. It is recommended that you store at least one gallon of water per person for three days. Although you can survive much longer without food, it is still a good idea to have an emergency supply handy. Don’t forget about babies and pets too.
23. Plant Thorny Bushes Outside
It is a good idea to plant some thorny bushes outside the windows of your home to stop any criminals from having somewhere to hide. The bigger the thorns the better.
24. Focus When You’re Cooking
Many cooking related fires are simply due to the homeowner getting distracted and not paying attention. Simply put, never leave food on the stove unattended.
25. Use Surge Protectors
Surge protectors help to protect your electronic devices from surges of electricity like those caused by lightning strikes. These surges can literally fry your electronics causing a lot of money in damages.
26. Have a First Aid Kit at the Ready
Injuries happen, even after we do everything we can to avoid it. You should have a good first aid kit located somewhere in the home and make sure that you replace anything that you use.
27. Bathroom Grab Bars
If there are elderly people living in the home or anyone with mobility problems, grab bars are essential. Falls are a common cause of death for the older generation and the bathroom can be a slippery place.
28. Use Stair Gates
The stairs are a dangerous place, even more so for young children. To help keep them safe from falling, install a stair gate. You should also make sure that the stairs are well-lit and that the carpet isn’t coming loose.
29. Fully Extinguish Those candles
Never leave a candle burning unless you are in the room, not even for a couple of minutes. They are a major fire hazard.
30. Keep Smoke Alarms Maintained
More than half of all deaths caused by house fires were due to either the homeowners not having smoke alarms fitted or having them but they weren’t working. A smoke alarm should be installed on each floor of the home and preferably in each bedroom too. Adding a smoke alarm to each floor of your home and in every bedroom is an easy way to keep your family safe.
31. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If your smoke alarms do not come with carbon monoxide detection also, you need to buy separate carbon monoxide detectors for the home. CO is a silent killer.
32. Complete any Home Maintenance Projects
If something needs doing around the home, do it! Don’t let those projects build up otherwise it will get overwhelming and they will never get done. Some projects such as loose carpets, battery replacement in smoke detectors, broken bulbs, and mold, can all be safety issues.
33. Fire Extinguishers
Fires can go from small to property destroying in very little time. It is a smart idea to have fire extinguishers around the home and learn to use them properly. Along with doing this, you should also take the time to understand about the different types of fire extinguishers and what fires they can be used on.
That’s it for now but it isn’t over. My goal is to make this post a list of 100+ tips for a safer home but we need your help. Add your own tips below and we can get them added.