Keeping your home functioning safely and efficiently in the winter

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When you sleep to sleep at night, can you rest easy knowing that your family is protected? There may be some neighborhoods that are considered safer than others to live in. However, it is always a good idea to do what you can to help protect your home to avoid unwanted entry. Here are a few things that you can do to protect the safety of your family:

Assess the Lighting In and around Your Home

Proper lighting is essential to deter intruders.  Good lighting makes it harder for anyone to sneak in undetected. If possible put some lights on automatic to come on in the evening until early morning. Lights on in the evening make it appear as though someone is home even if no one is. In some areas on the outside, you should consider installing motion detector lights. If someone approaches your home and the lights come on it increases the likelihood that they will turn around and leave.  It’s also a good idea to leave a bedroom light on a radio or TV on when you are away on vacation or away overnight.   

Security Systems

There are some great security systems that can be used to improve the safety of your home. Some of these systems can be managed from your smartphone and internet giving you updates and notifications every time a door or window opens. Other features include motion sensors that can be tripped to notify monitoring services if someone enters your home when they (alarms) are on.  

Change the Locks

When you purchase your home, the first thing to do is change the locks or replace the key(s) on all entrance doors. You never know who still has a copy of the keys! The previous owner could have provided keys to friends or family, giving people access to your home if the locks are left in place.

If you decide to only change the keys can take the door handles and deadbolts to a local hardware store, and they will switch out the locks for a reasonable price.  There are also locks reinforcements that can be installed on the doors, such as a door brace that can only be locked and unlocked from the inside of your home.

Keep all entrance doors lock, even when you are at home. It takes no time for someone to enter your home if your back is turned. So, maintain a good habit of always locking the doors. The vast majority of the time intruders come in through the front or back door so; you can reduce the likelihood of intrusion by keeping those doors locked and install proper lightings.

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