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Simple and Easy Home Safety Tips For Homeowners

February 6, 2014

By Edgar Miles

Shingle Style CottageSafety and security should be your main considerations when choosing or renovating your home. Sure, it is also important to consider comfort, style, and design, but your number one priority should be home safety. If you can spend hundreds of dollars to make your home beautiful, you should also be ready to spend some money to make your home secure and safe.

Making your home secure and safe does not have to be very expensive. You can carry out some preventative measures or take steps that only require you to change some habits or routines. Of course there are also certain procedures that you can do that might require you to spend perhaps hundreds of dollars. However, you need to know that whatever the amount of money that you spend, it is incomparable to the security and peace of mind that you will feel if you know that your home is safe.

One of the most important home safety and security measures that you can do is to make your home safe against burglars and trespassers. You can buy security cameras, lighting fixtures, and sound alarms and install them in and around your home. You should also make sure that your doors and windows have locks that are sturdy. Thus some minor steps that you can take to discourage burglars is to securely lock your home and not leave your house unoccupied for a very long time without some form of surveillance and alarm system. Also do not leave an extra key under your doormat. These are very simple and easy measures but they are very effective in discouraging criminals from entering your property.

You should also make your home safe against fire. Fire is about the worst thing that can happen to your home. Make sure that electrical wirings and fixtures are installed by professional technicians. Do not try to install them by yourself if you do not have any idea about electrical matters. You should also make sure that your roofing materials are fire resistant when renovating or building your home. It is also important to always be careful with combustible materials and around naked flame. Do not leave a lit candle in your room; turn off the stove and all gas- or electric-powered appliances when not in use; keep combustible material away from flames and heat.

Another aspect to consider is the safety of your electrical equipment and the appliances themselves. Make sure, that where appropriate, the ground wire is properly connected. To protect against power surges and consequent electrical faults it is a good idea to invest in a whole house surge suppressor.

In some homes radon gas can be an issue. It is believed to be a cause of lung cancer. Therefore it is wise to check your home is free of this naturally occurring gas and where appropriate a radon mitigation fan system can be introduced.

Discouraging criminals, guarding against electrical faults, checking for radon gas and preventing fire are just a few important home safety tips. These things can all be taken care of relatively easily and should be considered as important subjects in the protection of your home and family.

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