5 Home Safety New Year’s Resolutions we should all MakeJanuary 11, 2016
Nearly everyone will make one or more New Year’s resolutions; however, few people will make them related to home safety. In the coming year, here are five home safety resolutions everyone should make.
#1. Installing an Alarm
It’s no secret that homes with alarms suffer fewer break-ins, yet many people put off having one installed because they feel it is too time-consuming or expensive to do so. Make this the year that you finally stop procrastinating and contact a security company for a free consultation on an alarm system. Not only will an alarm reduce crime, but it will also make you safer by monitoring your home for fire and contacting the authorities if you are away.
#2. Improving Outdoor Lighting
Aside from an alarm, the next best way to deter criminals is by ensuring the outside of your home is well lit. Even a few strategically-placed solar lights can go a long way toward keeping your family safe. To see where lighting is needed, walk around your home at night so that you can view it from all angles. It can also be a good idea to view it from the street in order to see it as others do.
#3. Maintain Landscaping
Overgrown trees and shrubs can provide burglars with a place to hide. Not only that, but they might also shade your sidewalk and make it difficult for ice and snow to melt. Limbs that overhang power lines or your roof could also cause significant damage during a storm, and should therefore be trimmed away. Make repairs to your sidewalk and/or driveway to reduce the odds that you will slip and fall during the shorter days of winter.
#4. Keep Fire Safety Equipment Maintained
In addition to an alarm system, smoke detectors are recommended on all floors of your home. You should also have a working fire extinguisher in your kitchen and near heating appliances, wood stoves, and fireplaces. It’s not enough to just have this equipment on hand-you should also ensure that it is in good working order at all times. Inspect your equipment on a regular basis so you will know when it’s time to have your fire extinguisher charged. Mark a date on your calendar for checking batteries in smoke detectors to ensure they are always working.
#5. Develop a Safety Plan
In the event a disaster does occur, it’s important to have a safety plan in place for dealing with it. Make sure you have enough essential supplies to get you through a week or so without running water or electricity. Designate a rally point where members of your household can meet if you are unable to return home for any reason. Taking a few moments now to come up with a safety plan will go a long way toward helping you survive during an emergency.
These are easy New Year’s resolutions that everyone can and should do in order to stay safe. If you haven’t yet made safety one of your top priorities, now is the time to do so.