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4 Old-School Safety Practices That Still Keep Families Secure

You can now download apps right to your smartphone or tablet that let you keep an eye on your home when no one else is there. Those apps ensure that you know when someone illegally enters your home or puts the safety of your family at risk. With so many different tech products now available, you might find yourself relying more on technology than you do on old-fashioned methods that kept homes and families safe for decades. Here are some old-school safety practices that still work today.

Have a Fire Escape Plan

Even if you do everything you should to prevent fires, you shouldn’t depend solely on the fire detectors and smoke alarms in your home. You need a fire escape plan that shows every member of your family what to do if a fire breaks out. Make sure that they know where to go and how to safely exit the house, and come up with a few different types of escape plans as well. You never know when a fire might block the only exit your children are familiar with.

Wear Your Seat Belt

The seat belt in your car is the one thing that keeps you from going straight through the windshield during an accident. It automatically tightens to keep you in your seat in the event of an accident. Whether you use new technology features like collision warning or a lane departure alert, a seat belt can actually save your life. If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a car accident, contact an attorney. Many let you make an appointment online, call the office directly or walk into the office. The attorney can work with your insurance company to help you get compensated for any injuries incurred.  For more information about car accident attorneys, go to:

Talk to Your Neighbors

You might remember those family vacations when you were a kid and what your parents did before heading out of town. They probably stopped mail and newspaper delivery service and alerted the neighbors before everyone left town. There is no reason why you shouldn’t do the same exact thing today. Telling your neighbors that you’re going out of town lets someone know what to do during an emergency. They can contact the authorities when someone breaks in or a fire happens.

Check Your Home at Night

An old-school safety practice that works just as well today as it did years ago is a simple nighttime check. No matter what type of security system you have or the number of alarms you place around your home, those items mean nothing if you don’t close your windows and lock your doors. Make a simple check part of your nighttime routine. Old-school safety practices will protect you and your family at home and away.

Taking some time to implement steps like these will not only ease your worries, but will help keep your home secure.  Many families still follow older methods that have been tested by time and are therefore proven to work.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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