7 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Household Safety
Your home is the place where you and your family should feel safe. There is no other place that should feel as secure. There can be a tendency, though, to feel more secure than we really are. To help make up the gap between our perceived safety and how safe we truly are at home, keep in mind these seven factors that can make a world of difference to you, your family, and your home.
1. Keep doors and windows closed and locked
This might go without saying, but keeping doors and windows secure is vital to the safety and security of your home. Most home burglars enter through a door or window, and their preferred method is through an unlocked entrance. Keeping your doors and windows closed and locked will make your home safer. It will also save you on energy costs by reducing your heating and cooling needs. You can use smart home technology to monitor your home’s entries. This way, you can receive alerts to notify you when a door or window is left open, unlocked, or is opened when no one is supposed to be home.
2. Install smoke alarms throughout your house
One smoke detector will not do. You need to have them throughout your house, especially near bedrooms, the kitchen, and on all floors. Smart smoke detectors use the latest technology to be ultra sensitive to smoke and to detect sudden rises in temperature caused by fire. They also alert you when you are away and signal the authorities when there is a fire.
3. Turn appliances off when done
We all hear about remembering to turn off the stove. This is important with other appliances as well. By making sure all appliances are turned off when not in use, you can avoid overheating and causing a fire, and you can reduce your energy expenses as well. With smart home automation technology, you can turn off appliances and lights remotely using an app on your phone.
4. Don’t leave keys in obvious places
If you have family members coming and going at different times, you might be tempted to leave a key under the mat. This is an invitation for others to enter your home. To avoid this, use smart entry codes. Each family member can be assigned a code so you know when they come and go. That way there is no single code that can get into the wrong person’s hands. With smart entry technology, you can also give one-time codes to delivery or maintenance people. Take this technology a step further with geofencing, and your home can respond when someone enters within a specified radius of your home.
5. Keep the garage closed at all times
This is important even when you are home. It is easy for someone to walk right into your garage and take a bike or other valuable. They can also see what is in your garage and return later when you are not home. Your smart home can tell you when you have left the garage open and allow you to close it remotely. Also, you can use geofencing to have your garage open automatically when you get within your preset radius.
6. Always look before opening the door
You should teach every member of your household to check who is at the door before opening it. Even safer than using a peephole, video doorbells allow you to see who is at the door, on your smartphone or tablet, before you even approach it.
7. Keep your house on alert
By having a monitoring system through smart home security technology, you can relax and enjoy a safer home environment. Get notified when someone approaches your home while you are gone. Know when anything is left open, unlocked or turned on. This will keep you and your home safe and give you much-appreciated peace of mind.
A safer home is a happier home. Enjoy the peace of mind and freedom to relax that comes with a fully-equipped smart security system.