Keep Safe Through The Storm
Now that winter is coming, snow, ice, and cold temperatures will soon be on their way. Winter also brings about an increased risk of break-ins,
since intruders like to take advantage of weakened home security during the cold season. Before you get hit with a blizzard of epic proportions or your home becomes a perfect target for thieves, however, it would be a good idea to take precautions and prepare for what might come. Here are some tips to help keep your home safe from burglars and weather alike:
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1. Secure Your Doors And Windows
Make sure that your doors and windows are closed and locked. Not only will this keep the cold air out and the hot air in, lowering your heating bill, it will also act as a deterrent for any bad guys looking to get inside. Every exterior door should have a deadbolt, while ground level windows should have latches or sliding-window locks. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity,
so taking these easy steps is a good way to discourage thieves.
2. Protect Your Home From Common Winter Problems
Freezing temperatures and snowy weather can cause a lot of damage to your home if you dont take any safety measures first.
Here are a few things you can do to ready your home for the winter season:
- Clean out your gutters
- Trim any low-hanging tree branches that might snap and fall on the house
- Have your heating system professionally checked
- Inspect your water heater
- Install a carbon monoxide detector
- Regularly replace fire detector batteries
- Insulate your pipes to avoid freezing
3. Be Ready For An Emergency
Have a plan of action ready in case of a blizzard, loss of power, or other disaster.
Prepare an emergency survival kit just to be safe. Its likely you have most of the survival items you would need, but its good to keep them in a specific area that all members in your household will know where to find. Also decide on a designated check-in contact that your family can call if someone gets lost or separated during a disaster.
4. Keep Up Appearances
If you are planning to go away for the winter, take every opportunity to keep your house looking like someone is home.
For a thief, nothing says easy target like an empty home. Here are some measures you can take to give the illusion that your house is still being occupied:
- Have someone clear snow from driveways, walkways, and sidewalks (this also reduces the risk of slipping)
- Put some lights (both interior and exterior) and appliances on a timer
- Install motion sensor lights
- Avoid mail, newspaper, and delivery build-up
- Keep access points to the house well-lit
5. Install A Monitoring System
Monitoring systems are a great way to keep tabs on your home and make sure its safe. Luckily, there are several types of monitoring options that are offered by most home security systems that would be ideal for the winter months. There are temperature monitors, which make sure your pipes dont freeze and your valuables are safe from the cold
. Flood monitoring is available to warn you of any potential water damage due to leaks and broken pipes. And, of course, there is video monitoring, which will allow you to view your home and access any kind of threats anytime, and from anywhere.
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Its important to take some extra steps to protect your home during the cold season
. Try to get in the habit of visually inspecting your house from time to time, checking for signs of weakness that would make your home vulnerable to intruders and intruding weather. After all, keeping your family safe and secure should always be a top priority, especially at this time of year.