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4 Home Security Measures You Need to Keep Up On

23 March 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you live in a safe neighborhood, home security may not always be on your mind, but there are a few things you should regularly be doing anyway. Keeping your home safe is often not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few things you can do that will make a big difference

Lock Your Doors

While this might seem like an obvious suggestion, it is one of great importance. People are going in and out of your home all day, and they may not remember to lock the door. If it isn’t a commonly used door, you might not even notice that it is unlocked. At the end of a long day, take a quick walk around to all your doors that lead outside andmake sure they are lockedbefore you head to bed. It’s simple, and it can make a big difference.

Maintain Alarms

Home security isn’t just about keeping people out of your home; it is also about keeping you safe inside. Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors always have batteries and are functioning properly. Carbon monoxideis undetectable without sensors, and you may not even realize what the symptoms mean. These are both real dangers that can cause serious problems, so don’t brush this one off.

Light Up Your Home

Adding lights to the front of your home and incorporating it into your landscape may help keep burglars away. If the home is well illuminated, it is less of a target for people who may try to break in. A quick visit your local home and gardening store to purchase solar lights for your front yard may keep your family safe while the sun is down. If you want to save on electricity,get motion-activated lights. These lights will startle anyone approaching, and it can help you find your way in the dark easily.

Keep Your Yard Maintained

We all love the way tall bushes and trees look from the street, but one thing you might not think about is that by planting these trees, you are providing the perfect environment for a burglar to hide. Keeping your bushes and plantsgroomed or manicured is importantin keeping your home as safe as possible. If you have trees in your yard, make sure the branches are trimmed and away from your roof and any windows, especially if they are opened. Don’t give anyone an easy way to get into your home.

Following these simple suggestions may keep your home safe. Sometimes the most simple actions can make a world of difference in keeping our families as safe as possible. Try some of these ideas, and you can rest at night knowing you are doing everything you can to keep your home free from harm.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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