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Five Ways to Improve Your Home’s Safety

Within the walls of your home, you celebrate birthdays, have game night, enjoy romantic dinners, and binge-watch your favorite shows. It’s a place where memories are made and families grow. And it should be a place of safety.

Unfortunately, safety and security isn’t guaranteed — even in our beautiful Roanoke Valley — which is why you should take extra steps to ensure your loved ones and personal belongings remain safe. Below, you’ll find five improvements you can make to increase the safety of your home and improve its resale value.

Improve Exterior Lighting

Shadows are a thief’s best friend. Thieves lurk in the shadows and target homes with dark exteriors because it decreases their chances of being caught. If you or your neighbors have a hard time seeing if someone is creeping around outside, it makes your house an easy target. Casting light into your yard, both front and back, instantly reduces the risk that your house will be targeted for a robbery.

If you don’t like the idea of lighting your yard throughout the night (perhaps you can’t sleep when light comes through the window), consider installing motion-sensor outdoor lights. Motion-sensor lights provide you with the darkness you’re accustomed to sleeping in while still alerting you to any cause for concern.

It’s important when choosing your new outdoor lights that you don’t get anything too bright. When you install extremely bright lights, you run the risk of impairing your own vision, whether you’re outside or in, and the entire point of installing outdoor lights is to increase visibility.

Install Cameras

If you want to keep an eye on your home while you’re away, cameras are the perfect addition to your house. They allow you to monitor your home and the surrounding area when you aren’t physically there to keep an eye on things. There are several different home security cameras that work in conjunction with your smartphone, so you can set up alerts and check your property within seconds from your screen.

Prepare for a Fire

Not all threats come from the outside. One of your home’s biggest safety threats comes from inside the kitchen. It’s easier than you think to cause a fire within your home. People become distracted by kids, the TV, or someone calling from the other room, and they leave food unattended.

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of kitchen fires. Things can go from fine to fatal in a matter of minutes, so it’s important to take necessary precautions. Check that smoke detectors are working properly, and always replace their batteries when necessary. You should also consider installing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case things get out of hand. You and everyone living in your home, even guests that visit often, should be familiar with your escape plan in case of a fire. If you don’t have an escape plan, you should come up with one as soon as possible. People panic in high-stress situations, and without a clear guide to help them to safety, precious moments are wasted and could lead to severe injury or death.

Install an Alarm System

Thieves search for homes that don’t require a lot of effort or risk to sneak into. Their ultimate goal is to get in and out quickly without being detected. Along with installing outdoor lights, you should consider installing an alarm system. Alarm systems are designed to let you know whenever your doors or windows are opened. They also inform security companies that someone has entered the home. If the alarm’s code is not properly punched in, your cellphone will receive an alert and the police will be notified. Not only does this safety measure inform you of danger so you can respond quickly and effectively, but it’s also a huge deterrent for burglars. Chances are the thief will not continue with their intrusion once they hear the sound of an alarm blaring in their ears.

Be Discreet

People have grown accustomed to sharing their lives on social media. You post your favorite pictures, talk about milestones, and announce your plans to your friends and family across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with people when you’re far away or too busy to get together and chat, but it also provides opportunities for danger.

When you post plans that alert your followers that you’ll be away from the house, you basically inform readers that your house will be left unattended and vulnerable. It would be nice to assume that everyone viewing your social media is kind and honest and would never take advantage of such information, but that’s not always the case. If you really want to share your fun plans with friends and family, do so after you’re back home. Talk about the amazing vacation you took or your fun night out once you’ve returned home safely.

Life is full of joyous moments, but it also poses many dangers, which is why it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect that which matters most to you. By implementing these security measures, you can help improve the safety and security of your family, pets, and belongings.

Are you looking for a home with security features? Let’s talk more about what you need. Contact me at (540) 353-0123 or sonya@sonyadickinson.com.