How to Make your Home Safer for the HolidaysDecember 3, 2014
As the holiday season draws closer, many people will be traveling out of town or even across the world to spend some quality time with loved ones or friends. This usually means that many homes will be left vacant for a few days or even weeks at a time, which can make them potential targets for burglaries. However, there are a few ways in which home safety can be implemented before leaving for your vacation.
Install a Reliable Home Alarm System
The first line of defense you should use to protect your home and belongings is to have a home alarm system installed. When purchasing a home alarm, it is recommended that you spend as much as you can possibly afford, as this will ensure that you are rewarded with a high quality system. Your alarm should be installed in such a way that it offers as much protection and coverage as possible around doorways and all windows that are situated at ground level. It is also recommended that your alarm system provide coverage in your garage, as this usually provides one of the easiest points of entry into the rest of your home.
Know your Neighbors
This point cannot be stressed enough. When everyone in a neighborhood knows each other, this makes it easy to spot newcomers (or burglars) almost instantly. An added advantage of having everyone knowing each other is that if you go on vacation and you have neighbors who are staying home, it will be simple for them to keep an eye on your property. If need be, you can have a trusted neighbor come in to collect your mail, water your plants or even trim your lawn if you are going to be away for an extended period of time. It is also important to ensure that whoever you have coming in to perform these tasks does not do so at the same time each day.
Test your Home Alarm and Fire System
Even if you are not going on vacation this holiday season, chances are that you will be heading out to do shopping or run other errands from time to time. Would-be burglars usually need less than 20 minutes to gain access to your home, select what they want to steal and then leave with the goods. A fire caused by an electrical fault or even a too-well cooked turkey can engulf a home in flames and leave it gutted within minutes as well. As a result, it is essential that you test your alarm system once a month in conjunction with your fire alarm.
When it comes to home safety, no monetary value can ever be placed on the life of a loved one. As a result, it is essential to take every precaution possible to protect the lives of family members while also putting reasonable measures into place to protect the possessions that you work so hard to purchase. Always use the services of a reputable alarm company to ensure that you are provided with a quality product as well as complete peace of mind.