When you think of home security the first thing that pops into your mind is probably having an alarm system. However, there are many more ways to ensure that your home is safe and secure, and when winter comes you want to make sure that you take extra precautions for safety.
Here are some things you should do before winter weather gets here so that you can make sure that your home is a safe haven and you can feel secure no matter where you are or when you get home.
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Install Safety Lighting
When it comes to home security you want more than just an alarm system. It helps to have motion sensor lighting outside as well. These do more than scare away possible home intruders. Your motion sensor lighting can be what keeps you from slipping and sliding when you come home from a late night at work and someone forgot to turn on the porch light.
Check Your Heat Sources
Home heating is important in winter weather, but it can also pose some health risks. Make sure that you get your home’s heater checked out each year to make sure it is running properly and to make sure there are no gas leaks.
If you use electric heaters, or even gas or kerosene heaters, you also want to check them over to make sure that they are running properly and don’t pose a fire hazard. Make sure that your home’s smoke detectors are working properly too!
Keep Sidewalks And Porches Clear
Shovel and salt your sidewalk and porch whenever it’s needed during the winter. This is for more than just your protection. Not only does it keep you from slipping and falling, but it keeps you from being sued by someone that slips and falls on your property.
Have A Backup
Nothing is worse than losing power in the dead of winter (except maybe losing it on a 90+ degree day in the summer), so it can be really important to have a backup generator at your home. Not only does this help you stay warm on a cold night with no power, but it can help you keep your alarm system and lights on so that you don’t have to worry about looters or anything like that.
As you can see, safety and security are about more than just having an alarm system at your home. While that can be a great help, you also want to have other safety items. That includes making sure you have a first aid kit, that you regularly refill and that has unexpired painkillers and other medications in it.
Don’t let winter bring you down. Be prepared for snow, ice, and power outages, and you’ll have a safe and happy home each winter.