Security Tips

What can you do to decrease the risk of a burglary?

Answering the door:

  • Do not open doors to total strangers.
  • Install peepholes and talk through the door.
  • Home invaders can pretend to be delivery people, public workers, or people in distress.
  • Always ask for credentials and do not open the door unless you get phone numbers to call their superiors. If someone is in distress, tell through the door that you will call law enforcement for them.
  • Teach children to never or open

Around the House:

  • Keep house numbers easy to see in the event of emergency.
  • Invest in motion sensor lighting that are installed out of reach.
  • Be sure your garage door is secured.
  • Don’t leave ladders outside.
  • Trim shrubbery and other landscaping to eliminate any hiding places.
  • Don’t hide a spare key under the doormat or under a flower pot.
  • If you don’t have a car, have a neighbor park their car in your driveway.
  • When leaving messages on answering machines, you should have a male voice and For example, “We’re not able to come to the phone right now, please leave a message.”

Leaving town or going on vacation:

  • Have a trusted friend of neighbor to watch over your home.
  • Have them collect your mail or newspapers.
  • Don’t announce this information on any social media.

What can you do to decrease the risk of a fire?

Sixty-two percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Your first line of defense is prevention. But if a fire does occur, working smoke alarms have been shown to cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. If your home does not have smoke alarms, install some today.

Placement of smoke alarms:

  • On each level of your home (including the basement)
  • Outside of each bedroom
  • In each bedroom, if the door is closed at night
  • High on a wall, 4-12 inches from the ceiling, OR
  • On the ceiling, at least 4 inches from the nearest wall

For added security, you can also have your smoke or fire alarms monitored so your home is protected, even when you aren’t home. You should also test your smoke alarms regularly. When a smoke alarm does fail, the most likely cause is a dead batter, which can easily be prevented.

Home fires cause $6.9 billion in damage, annually. In 2010, the 369,500 reported home fires left a tremendous amount of damage in their wake. This sobering home fire statistic underscores the importance of understanding key fire prevention methods. Use Fire Prevention Week to talk to your family about fire safety.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. For those thinking, “I don’t do anything unsafe that could cause a fire,” this home fire statistic says otherwise. Everyone does some cooking in their home, so everyone is at risk of a home fire.

Here are some cooking tips that will help prevent a fire in your home:

Don’t leave the room – The leading cause of home cooking fires is unattended cooking. Keeping an eye on what you are doing can help you prevent a costly home fire.
Keep a clean work area – Make sure the area around your stove is clear of any flammable materials, including oven mitts, paper towels, etc.
Know what you’re doing – 58% of cooking fire injuries result from a homeowner trying to put out the fire themselves. If you choose to fight the fire, make sure you know what you’re doing.

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