This is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions! Maybe you want to lose weight, create a budget, or travel across the United States. There are all kinds of ways people are working on bettering their lives this January, but while you are brainstorming your aspirations for the year, think of some ways you can keep your house and family safe in 2018, as well.
Here are some home safety resolutions you can work on to keep your house and family safe all throughout the New Year!
Keep Windows & Doors Locked
Most people are pretty good about keeping their doors locked when they are away from their home, but sometimes the windows get forgotten about. Thieves are looking for easy targets, to get in and out as fast as they can. The more locked entries you put in their way, the more difficult it will be for them to get to your valuables, so always remember to lock up! The first-floor windows are most important, but all of the windows and doors in the house matter with home safety!
This is a great time to get into the habit of double checking doors and windows before you leave the house.
Have A Schedule For Your Lights
A dark house is an announcement to everyone around that nobody is home. You don’t want to keep all of your lights on 24/7 either (your electric bill will thank you!), but you do want there to be a fairly regular schedule for your house to be lit. You should try to make sure your front door, driveway, front walkway, back door, and a few inside lights are coming on regularly, whether you are home or not.
The easiest way to do this is to put your lights on timers to turn them on and off at regular times every day. You can also use sensors that turn the lights on when they detect motion (these are especially good for backyard lights that don’t need to be on all evening long).
This is the perfect time of year to get your lights set up on timers so that you can set them once and then they are good to go!
Keep Your Alarms Powered Up
Be diligent about replacing the batteries in your fire alarms, smoke alarms, and other detectors, like carbon monoxide. Batteries die and parts of the smoke detectors can wear out over time. Testing them regularly is a great way to stay on top of your home safety (and it sure beats being woken up at 3 am by a low battery chirp!). Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year and the USFA recommends checking the alarms once a month.
This is the time to go through your house and check the batteries on all of your alarms.
Invest In A Security System
Some people never look into security systems because they believe they will be too expensive, but that doesn’t have to be the case! At Security & Sound Design, we offer security systems for every budget because we value your home safety. Installing a security system is not just about protecting valuables like jewelry, electronics, or antiques. It is about protecting the people you love – your family, friends, and even your pets.
We even offer solutions that can alert you as soon as a flood, leak, or extreme temperature change occurs. A security system can offer protection, save you money, and prevent damage to your house.
This is a great time to look into adding a security system to your home or updating the system you have currently for a worry-free New Year!
We have been serving the cities of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Fort Collins, Eaton, and more since 1983, providing security systems, home automation, custom sound & lighting solutions and more to both residential and commercial customers.