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8 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Now more than ever, we need to prioritize keeping our families safe at home. While many homeowners assume the house itself is secure enough with a trusty deadbolt, there are other important measures to take to make sure your home is properly protected. Read on for eight tips to keep your family safe.

1. Secure the Doors and Windows

The first step to securing a home is to make sure all entryways are locked down. Securing the doors and windows is the simplest way to keep your home safe but is often overlooked by many homeowners. Don’t make yourself an easy target by forgetting to lock these entry points.

2. Create an Emergency Plan

Another part of staying safe at home is having a plan and resources available before an emergency strikes. This plan should include what to do in an emergency situation. For example, this plan should include what to do when strangers come to the house, where to go in the event of a home emergency, and how to respond if there is imminent danger. Likewise, resources like emergency phone numbers, contact information, trusted neighbors or family members, and a stash of cash should all be part of your plan.

3. Maintain Your Family’s Privacy

The next step in staying safe at home is to maintain your family’s privacy. Having privacy is especially important at night or when you’re away from your house. Draw the curtains or blinds to make sure passersby can’t see inside. Similarly, be wary of placing anything valuable too close to the windows as this can entice criminals to come in.

4. Use Lights and Timers

Timers and lights are also essential for keeping your home safe. Burglars often target homes that look empty or abandoned. Whether you’re out of town or just going out for the night, having lights on a timer can trick would-be burglars into thinking you’re at home.

5. Keep All Firearms Secured

Many gun owners choose to purchase firearms as a way to protect their loved ones in the event of an emergency. With sales on firearms increasing in the past weeks and months, homeowners must also consider best practices for safely storing firearms as well. One of the most effective ways to keep your ammunition and guns away from children and pets is to get a gun safe.

A gun safe is the safest way to keep any guns and other weapons out of the wrong hands. In addition to keeping your kids away from your firearms, a gun safe will safeguard you against theft. With the help of a gun safe locksmith, you’ll be able to secure your firearms and other self-defense weapons.

6. Get a Dog

If you don’t have a dog at home or you’ve been putting off getting a pet, now may be the best time to get one. When getting a dog, you’re not just adding a furry friend to the family; you’ll also have a four-legged security system that is always on-the-job. Dogs are one of the best ways to protect your home and family from potential burglars. Even if someone attempts to break in, your dog’s keen sense of smell and hearing will immediately alert you to would-be criminals.

Both small and large dogs are a great way to protect your loved ones at home. If you want to go the extra mile, sign your dog up for training to be a guard dog.

7. Use a Home Security System

In addition to getting a dog to keep your home secure, be sure to use a technologically advanced home security system. While these systems don’t actively prevent anyone from breaking in, the alarm is likely to scare a would-be robber off before they take anything. In a situation like this, your security system will immediately alert the police and you, which will likely minimize any loss you experience.

As your security system sounds the alarm, the rest of your surveillance system can record everything that happens. With a clear image of the criminals involved, you’ll be able to report the crime to the police and provide them with video evidence of the incident.

8. Have a First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit is another important way to stay safe at home. First aid kits may seem outdated in this day and age, but they’re still a helpful way to take care of minor scrapes and bruises. These kits contain antiseptics, gauze, bandages, and similar tools and materials that can help you get through a minor medical emergency at home.

Staying safe at home requires homeowners and parents to take extra precautions to make sure their loved ones are protected. Use this guide to keep your home and family safe.

Tim Esterdahl

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