Mention safety at home and most people will instantly think of how to improve the security of the property. For example, by upgrading the door locks, or making sure all the windows are closed and you have an alarm system.
In short, someone breaking into your home is not necessarily the biggest risk you face and certainly not the deadliest. That’s why you need to do the following to make your house safer:
- Get An Electrical Inspection
As the majority of house fires are caused by electrical issues it makes sense to get a level 2 electrician to inspect your home annually. They can identify electrical leakage that costs you money in wasted electricity.
They will also locate perished or damaged wiring and connections. These are the parts that are most likely to create sparks and start fires.
By identifying them and fixing these issues you won’t just make your house safer, you’ll also be reducing the cost of maintaining it. After all, regular inspections and repairs are cheaper than a whole-house-rewire.
- Check Your Gas Appliances
Don’t forget that while electricity can cause nasty shocks and fires, gas can kill you silently. In particular, you should be concerned about carbon monoxide. It’s invisible, odourless, and deadly.
You need to fit carbon monoxide detectors and have your gas appliances checked regularly to ensure they are working efficiently.
- Smoke Detectors
Electrics cause the majority of house fires. However, they can also be caused by other things, such as leaving cooking unattended, dropping a lit cigarette while you’re asleep, or even being careless with a wood stove in your home.
You need smoke detectors to give you a warning and allow you and your family to get out of the house. It won’t save your home but it can save your life.
- Get An Alarm
Naturally, home security does extend to protecting your property against invasion by uninvited people, particularly burglars. An alarm system acts as a deterrent. It can also be connected to a network, allowing the authorities to be alerted if there is an issue.
This will speed up response time and can help to eliminate issues.
- Smart Systems
Finally, you should look at adding smart technology to your home. This will allow you to turn lights on and off when you’re not home, making t look like someone is in.
You can also see who is in your home or at the door via the use of internal cameras and doorbell cameras. A good smart system can be utilized from inside or outside the home, helping you to feel safe and know what is going on, regardless of where you are.
Of course, to keep your home safer it helps to look objectively at the most common risks in your area and make sure you take steps to protect your property. But, the above steps are a great starting point.