Home Security Tips
Home safety starts with simple measures. Learn about how you can help protect your family with these easy tips.
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Check Who's At The Door
Criminals may pose as professionals for home security or other industries. Ask for verification before speaking to them.
Install Heavy Duty Deadbolts
Locking your door knob isn't enough. Install deadbolts that are at least one inch in length.
Don't Hide Your Spare Keys
Hiding your spare key is the oldest trick in the book, and burglars are paying attention. Leave them with a trusted friend or family member.
Keep Your Garage Doors Closed
Open garage doors can be an invitation for burglars to take what's inside. Strong winds can also potentially cause damage.
Make Your House Number Visible
In the event of an emergency, first responders need to know exactly which house is yours so they can act fast.
Light Up Your Home
Burglars don't like to be seen. Install motion-sensitive lights that turn on at night, and keep your house well-lit on the outside.
Keep Valuables Out Of Sight
With the popularity of mobile devices, they are often the primary target for burglars to take. Keep your blinds closed in the evening, and don't leave such items in the open.
An ADT monitored home security system is a great start toward helping protect your home and family from intruders, fire, and other emergencies, but there are a host of additional things you can do to help keep your loved ones safe.
BASIC HOME SECURITY TIPS
- Use motion-sensors on exterior lighting to minimize places where intruders can hide.
- Install heavy-duty deadbolts (at least 1-inch) on all exterior doors.
- Never open your door before checking to see who it is first. Always ask for and verify proper identification from any service personnel asking to enter your home.
- Do NOT leave extra keys in any outdoor location. If you feel the need to have extra keys available, leave a set with a trusted neighbor or a friend instead.
- Sliding glass patio doors should be secured by placing an appropriate length of pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide.
- Always keep garage doors closed when not in use.
- In rooms where you keep expensive stereo or computer equipment, keep drapes and blinds closed.
- Cash, jewelry, and other valuables should be stored in a safe or at your bank in a safety deposit box. Do NOT leave valuable items around your home.
HOME FIRE SAFETY AND PREVENTION
- If you are buying, building or renovating your home, make sure to look for fire resistant roofing materials.
- Do NOT leave candles or other fire burning unattended. Be sure to douse cigarette or cigar butts with water before putting them in the trash.
- Never leave an iron unattended and be sure to unplug it when you are finished using it.
- Do NOT leave food cooking on the stovetop or outdoor grill unattended. Be sure that you have turned them off after use.
- Take care to clear and properly dispose of dry leaves or other dry vegetation from your yard and other areas near your home.
- Get a trash can with a tight-fitting lid and be sure that it is kept closed. Store firewood and other combustibles away from the house.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, and near or inside every bedroom. Test the alarms monthly to make sure they are working, and replace the batteries once a year (it’s easier to remember if you do this when setting clocks for daylight savings time).
- Your house number should be clearly visible, so that firefighters and other emergency responders can quickly identify your home.
- Create a fire escape plan with your family. Map out 2 exits from each room and pick a meeting place outside. Hold family fire drills at least two times a year to be sure you keep in practice.