- Protect your windows with one or more good locks, a Beacon Protection alarm system, burglar-resistant glass, or many small panes instead of one large area of glass.
- Reinforce the glass in windows on the lock sides of doors so a burglar cannot break them and reach in to open the door.
- Plant rosebushes or cactus in front of all vulnerable windows. Thorny landscaping not only adds beauty to your home, but makes even getting close to such windows an unappealing prospect
- Consider installing security bars on side, rear, or other windows that a burglar might break to enter your home. Bars must comply with Fire Code requirements for inside release to permit an occupant to escape in the event of a fire.
- Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are just going out “for a minute.” If a window is left open a few inches for ventilation, pins or dowels should be inserted in the tracks to prevent someone from opening it more.
- After punching out a window a burglar can reach in and, with ease, open the deadbolt then the doorknob – elapsed time five seconds. Placing a secondary lock (i.e., a floor lock) outside of the reach of the windows is recommended. If that is too much, a double-key deadbolt is recommended for non-primary access doors. This secures the door while you are not at home.
- Fence in the yard.
- Control your home directly from your mobile phone. Control your lighting, locks and overall security directly from a smart phone or tablet.
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Install Smoke Alarms
Every year almost 3,000 people lose their lives in structure fires and 60% of those deaths occurred in homes without smoke alarms. In order to protect your family, pets, and yourself from injury or death during a fire, smoke alarms are essential. A smoke alarm is a simple, inexpensive preventative measure. You should install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside and outside bedrooms. Many states require smoke alarms in each bedroom as well so check your local laws and regulations to make sure your home is compliant.
Additional Fire Safety Tips
Here are more basic tips to keep your family and home safe around potential fire hazards.
- Every month (or at least every 6), clean dust from the alarms and push the test button.
- Never paint the alarm.
- Change the batteries every time you change your clocks.
- Keep combustible liquids away from heat sources
- Leave the house immediately if you think there is a gas leak
- Only use a gas-powered generator outside
- Do not use the kitchen stove/oven to heat your home
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