Spring Cleaning is Time For Home Security Checks
When the weather warms up, the plants start blooming and your allergies start attacking, you know it’s time for spring cleaning. We all have our routines; some are more focused than others, but the new season always marks an ideal time to perform some necessary security checks around the home. There can be a lot to think about, so having a good game plan helps. Keep this checklist handy when it comes time for your winter recovery process.
Garage and Yard Areas
It’s easy to lose sight of your home’s exterior, but good security starts from the outside. Nearly 4 million home invasions occurred each year in America from 2003-07, highlighting the importance of good outdoor preparation. Consider these steps to make your residence safer:
- Ensure adequate lighting exists all around the perimeter of your home; double-check bulbs and batteries in case replacements are needed.
- Review the address numbers positioned on your home and painted on your front curb, ensuring both are sufficiently visible for potential emergency responders.
- Trim back bushes and other plants to eliminate hiding spots for prowlers or attempted intruders. Repair any observable damage to fences and other outside boundaries as well.
Inside the Home
Securing your home’s not all about crime prevention; there are many steps you can take to enhance your family’s safety as spring sets in. For example, it’s important to regularly replace the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors and test each unit for performance. In over 20% of American house fire fatalities, a smoke alarm failed to sound properly.
Refresh batteries and perform tests also on any carbon monoxide detection units in the home. If you don’t have one on each floor of your residence, consider installing them; plug-in models are available to make life easier. Lastly, it’s advisable to check for damage to doors, screens, windows or other fixtures that might create opportunity for easier entry to your property by unwelcome persons.
Consider Home Monitoring
A good home security system can provide a whole new level of protection for your abode, especially when you’re out and about. Alarm Relay provides a full menu of services to put your mind at ease, ranging from smart home technology to whole-home protection kits. So spend more time focusing on your family and less time worrying about the house. Call us today at (800) 624-6866 and we’ll be glad to help guide you to the perfect security solution for you home.