3 Tips to Protect Your Home from More than Theft

Written by | Updated July 8, 2014

Security systems, alarms, and motion detecting lights are all things that will help keep your home and family safe from an intruder. But there’s more to safety than just worrying about a potential break-in. Now is the time to think about how you can help protect your home from other elements, like fire, carbon monoxide, or what can happen when you leave the curling iron on.

Take a look at some simple tips that will help keep your home and everything inside of it safe and sound.

1. Install smoke detectors in every room.

Every room of your home should have at least one working smoke detector. A smoke detector can help save lives and will alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day. Awake or asleep, a smoke alarm is always working, scanning the air to detect smoke or fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes where there weren’t any working smoke alarms.

A smoke detector is either powered by a battery or it is hardwired into the home’s electrical system. There’s often a backup battery for hardwired alarms. It’s important to make sure batteries are fresh in your smoke detector, so you should replace them at least twice per year.

Smoke detectors are inexpensive and can be purchased at most home improvement stores for $20 to $40. You can choose between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or those with a dual sensor.

2. Don’t forget about carbon monoxide detectors.

Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because the gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It cannot be detected by humans without the help of a carbon monoxide detector. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 170 people die every year in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Unlike a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide alarm can be placed anywhere in a room. In general, only one detector is needed per floor. Like a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detectors run on batteries, so it’s a good idea to test them at the same time as your smoke alarm batteries. Take note: carbon monoxide detectors have an expiration date and the lifespan is different with each model.

3. Take care of Home Automation

Have you ever left the house and wondered, “Did I turn the curling iron off?” just to have to turn back around and check on it. With home automation, you can take away the worry of leaving an appliance on. Home automation can help you save on your energy costs, as well as give you peace of mind that an accidental fire won’t start from your simple mistake.

Once you have the inside all taken care of, you’ll want to make sure your family is protected 24/7 with you’re a monitored security system. What other tips do you have for protecting your home?

Written by Hillary Johnston

A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more

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