How to Make Your Home More Secure
Keeping your home a safe and secure place is an important way to help protect what matters most. While there are many ways to enhance security in and around your home, it can be difficult to know where to start or what’s best for you. Here are a few ways to make your home more secure.
7 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Security
Use smart home technology. For the tech savvy among us, using smart technology to create a connected home is a great option for adding more security to your property. Smart home video security systems — like the Ring Doorbell — let you monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet and instantly jump into action if you need to. Pick one up for $30 off and become eligible for up to 5% off your home insurance!
Check your smoke detectors. Make sure all of your smoke detectors are working and that you have them in all the right places. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code requires a minimum of one smoke detector inside each sleeping room, one outside sleeping areas and at least one per floor. Some larger homes may require more. A smart routine to start is checking your smoke detectors when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.
Keep a fire extinguisher. Having an extinguisher on hand can help you minimize the damage caused by a fire. Not all fire extinguishers are created equal — check to make sure yours is kitchen rated. Also, adults and teenagers in the home should be aware of where the extinguisher is stored and be able to operate it in the event of an emergency.
Cover your outlets. If you’ve childproofed your home then you’re probably familiar with this safety precaution. But even if you don’t have small children of your own, installing outlet covers is smart — you never know when friends or family might bring along little visitors! If you’re really interested in outlet safety, consider investing in smart outlets that can be controlled by an app. These have the added benefit of ending the sudden stress of realizing you might have left something like a curling iron plugged in; just open up your app and turn off the outlet from wherever you are.
Install water detectors. If you have a room in your house that is likely to flood — either from external water or leaky pipes — a water detector can alert you to a problem early on so you can take care of the issue before it gets out of hand.
Check your locks. Make sure all of your locks are in working order and that no spare keys are floating around. If you keep an emergency key outside, try to keep it well-hidden and not under the welcome mat. Consider installing smart locks and deadbolts, using an app to take security to a new level.
Inspect your laundry room. Check your laundry room to make sure cleaning chemicals and detergents are stored far away from little ones (remember that they learn to climb at a young age). You should also check your hook-ups a few times a year just to make sure they’re secure. In addition to cleaning your lint trap after every load of laundry, inspect your dryer vent monthly to make sure it’s clear.
These smart tips can help you quickly and easily feel more secure in your home. They may also be the key to preventing larger problems by giving you a heads up when a situation arises. Not only that, but being proactive can pay off with our Safe, Secure, Smart Home Discount. Connect with your American Family Insurance agent to see if you qualify for any home insurance discounts.