Home Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips
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Any home alarm system helps secure your property, but what about your family’s safety? Fire, water, and physical injuries can be even worse than a break in. GetSafe offers a full suite of safety and security solutions. Buy everything you need and nothing you don’t.

A home is burglarized every 15 seconds: don’t be a victim! There are a number of simple things you can do to make your home less attractive to burglars.

Outdoors

  • Trim the shrubs. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed below window level so they don’t provide cover for burglars.
  • Look occupied. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers when you’re away.
  • Keep ground floor shades drawn. That keeps a burglar from “window shopping” at your home.
  • Use timers. Burglars rarely want to enter an occupied home. Timers for lights and radios make it look as though someone is home.

Indoors

  • Lock the doors and windows! A large percentage of burglars enter the house through an unlocked door.
  • Use strong doors and keyed deadbolts.
  • Get a dog. Even a small dog (or especially a small dog) makes a lot of noise. Burglars avoid dogs because of the barking and biting.
  • Hide your valuables. No, really hide them in places a burglar won’t expect: freezers, kitchen cabinets, kid’s rooms, behind books on a book case – anywhere but your jewelry box or bedroom.

The best prevention is a home security system. Learn more about GetSafe’s DIY wireless security solutions  and get more burglary prevention tips .

Fire and Water Damage Protection Tips

Don’t underestimate the damage a slow leak from a water pipe or appliance hose can cause. Fires are even worse because they don’t just damage property. House fires kill over 2,600 people each year.

Protect your family and property from fire and water damage:

  • Install smoke alarms and test the batteries regularly. 23% of fire deaths happen when smoke alarms don’t operate properly.
  • Maintain home appliances and your structure. Water damage is far more likely than a fire, and your insurance company may deny coverage if you failed to repair leaky hoses or keep your home’s roof in good repair.
  • Conduct regular fire drills. Everyone should know what to do and where to go when the alarm sounds.

What happens if you’re away from home and don’t notice the leak and can’t hear the smoke alarm? A lot of damage is done, that’s what. GetSafe’s smart hub will send an alert to your smartphone if the sensors detect a fire or water leak.

Outsiders trying to get in your home are scary enough, but sometimes the home itself is a hazard. Take steps to keep your family safe.

  • Protect children from window falls. 3300 toddlers are hurt each year when they fall out of windows and 5 are killed. Use locks or window guards to keep children and pets safely inside.
  • Keep your elderly loved ones safe. If you have loved living alone, medical alert systems are also a great way of keeping them safe.
  • Use door/pool alarms. Accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1-14. An audible alarm on exterior doors and pool gates alerts you when someone enters or leaves.
  • Security cameras to monitor home activities. A web-enabled 1080p home security camera can stream video directly to you. You can take action immediately if there’s a problem with family, pets, or intruders.
  • Keep drugs and chemicals secure. 9 out of 10 poisonings occur at home and half involve children getting into medicine or toxic chemical containers. Use door and cabinet locks (or even alarm sensors) to keep children safe.

Learn more about home security and safety:

Home security facts.
Home burglary prevention tips 

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