Our home is always a special place. It provides us with safety, security, belonging, happiness, and comfort. This is the place where we create lasting memories, the dream of a future, and discover ourselves.
This is exactly why we must take all necessary steps to protect our homes against unanticipated situations and risks.
Here are a few ways to protect your home and its contents from perils.
1. Install security cameras
How often have we heard of security cameras deterring burglars and vandals from targeting your homes. Even if they do, cameras help in nabbing them quickly. Also, with the advancement of and accessibility to technology, such security cameras are no longer expensive.
Do ensure that the cameras you install have some basic features such as night vision, day and night recording, motion sensors, high resolution, real-time footage access, local and cloud storage, and cloud backup.
2. Buy a Safe
One of the most convenient ways to protect the valuable contents of your home such as personal documents and jewellery is by putting them in a safe.
However, remember that the safe must be fire and water resistant, heavy so that it cannot be taken away by a thief, and of the appropriate size.
3. Secure the doors and windows
The easiest way for a burglar to enter your home is through the doors and windows. So, the best way for you to protect your home is to secure these potential entry points. Lock them always, even when you are at home to avoid making your home an easy target.
Ensure that the hinges, frames, and locks on the door are protected as they are the weakest points. Adding a peephole in the door is a simple yet effective way of ensuring that unwanted people cannot intrude into your home.
For securing windows, it would help to install glass break sensors to help you identify break ins. Do use curtains or blinds on the windows to avoid prying eyes.
Finally, if you have moved into a place where someone else used to reside, ensure that you replace all existing locks and security codes.
4. Get a security alarm system
A robust security alarm system not only discourages burglars from breaking into your home but also notifies you of fire or gas mishaps, thus keeping your home safe from many untoward situations.
5. Use more lighting
A dark home and landscape is more vulnerable to trespassers and intruders. So, ensure that you use ample lighting in the front yard, backyard, garage, and pathways. Landscape lighting won’t only help make your home more secure, it will also make your property’s overall aesthetic much more beautiful.
It would also be a good idea to use motion-sensing lights and bulbs at all the entry points to your home.
6. Lock your wi-fi network
In today’s digital world, it is not just the physical home contents that are at risk. Personal information, and electronic tax, as well as financial details, can also be stolen, leading to much harm. Moreover, wrongdoers can have easy and direct access to your house and its contents if your wi-fi is connected to your smart home gadgets or your security systems. So, ensure that you use strong passwords, hide your wi-fi network, and use a strong antivirus software.
7. Inspect your appliances and electrical circuits regularly
Check your kitchen appliances regularly and service them to avoid any possible hazards. Also, ensure that the electrical circuits are not overloaded as this may cause an electric fire. The water pipes must also be checked for possible corrosion, leaks, and rust.
Further, purchase a fire extinguisher and learn to use it effectively to mitigate fire accidents.
8. Use warning signs
Various studies have proven that a warning sign outside your home deters criminals from entering into it. So, a ‘Beware of the Dog’ or dummy security cameras might help in keeping your home safe.
9. Use social media judiciously
Social media is so deeply ingrained in all aspects of our everyday lives that we fail to see how it might cause more harm than good. However, burglars and thieves scout for posts about future holidays or upcoming trips on social media to plan their next attack.
10. Invest in a comprehensive home insurance policy
A home insurance policy is a wonderful way to mitigate any financial risks associated with a damage or harm to your home. Do your research and invest in an extensive home insurance plan that would cover your home and its contents.
These easy tips will certainly go a long way in helping you protect your home and its contents. Stay safe, stay peaceful, stay happy!