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Guns and Safety for The Home Owner

Apr 10, 2008
We know we have a great responsibility in protecting our family, our home, and our possessions. However, in this day and age, it is something that is becoming harder and harder to accomplish. With crime rates on the rise we have to continually find ways to provide this protection.

Here are a few things you can do to minimize the risk your home and family are faced with.

Install deadbolt lock mechanisms on your doors. When measuring for the appropriate sized lock ensure that the bolt will enter into a wall stud, and not simply the door frame.
Have an alarm system installed or install one yourself. There are definite benefits of having one professionally installed. Security companies not only have the knowledge to install sensors in the most pertinent locations, but most security companies provide you with panic buttons for use while you are in the home. With a simple press of a button the proper authorities are notified that there is an emergency in your home.

If possible, change doors and windows to models that are of good quality. When purchasing windows and doors ensure that they have quality locks and bolts.

Install a peep hole in your door. If you do not recognize the person at your door, or are not expecting any repairmen, ask for identification, name of the company, and the reason for them being there. Then, ask them to wait while you make the confirmation call to their supervisor.

Ensure that your home is adequately lit, inside and out. A well-lit yard is a great deterrent as the intruder has less chance of hiding in the shadows.

Ensure that all guns and other weapons are securely locked away in gun safes, even if you are at home. This will ensure that no accidents happen within your family.

When parking your vehicle, either in a driveway or parking garage, make sure there is sufficient lighting. The brighter the area, the easier it is for you to check for situations that could be dangerous, such as unknown vehicles or people in the parking area. Never unlock your car doors before visually sweeping the area for dangerous situations.

If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, simply drive away, and find a secure location. Call for assistance if need be.

With more people buying guns as a means of protection it is important to learn the proper handling and storage of firearms. We are aiming to provide you with responsible firearms use and storage to ensure everyones safety.

Before even considering the purchase of a firearm, make sure you check municipal, county, state, and federal laws in regards to requirements for safe firearms, ammunition storage, and use laws in your area.

There are different options available to you for storing firearms. We recommend a quality gun safe for proper storage and safety. This is the best option for preventing children, and intruders, from having access to your firearms. If you are considering the purchase of a firearm to keep your family safe you must ensure that children cannot, in any circumstance, access firearms. Failing to do so is not only inviting accidents, it is definitely a violation of your responsibilities as a firearms owner.

Here is a checklist that can help you ensure safe firearms ownership:

Firearms are controlled at all times.
Firearms are stored securely and completely inaccessible to children.
When removing firearms from the gun safe carefully inspect them to ensure proper function.
Ammunition is stored apart from the firearm under lock and key.
Keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Keep fingers off the trigger. Even if the safety appears functional do not take any chances.
Discuss safety precautions with all members of your family, and set up rules for children/teens to follow if they were to find a firearm in your home, or away from it.
Ensure that adults in the home are aware of how to open your gun safe in the event of an intrusion in your absence.

The decision to acquire firearms to protect your family, home, and possessions is not one to be taken lightly. By following these simple guidelines you will not only ensure your safety, but you will become a responsible firearms owner as well.
About the Author
Rick Ramirez has over 8 years of experience with gun safes and gun security devices.
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