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Basic Tips On Home Security

Aug 17, 2007
Home security is a responsibility. Owning a home is a milestone for most people, but when you take on the responsibility of a home, you become liable for all incidences that may occur because of your stance on home security. Taking the correct measures to secure your home will not only protect your family from harm, but it could save you money that would be better spent on furnishings and not legal fees.

The best way to shield your home for accidents is to start with a checklist that includes all rooms of your home starting from the basement and working your way into the yard. Security is no longer reserved for commercial business because business has come into home safety in recent years.

You must always remember that unless you built your home, someone else owned your home, and that means that you won't know what safety measures are in place without checking. There's more to home security than bells, whistles, and alarms. The garage and the basement areas are often ignored because they are not in plain sight.

However, these areas can be the most dangerous in the entire home perimeter. If you have a basement, garage, or both you should make sure that all chemicals, pesticides, and charcoal are way out of reach. For some reason children and pets are attracted to these hazardous materials. A good option for storage is a product made by RacorPro which is a device that is connected to the ceiling and can be lowered by a remote control.

Another thing that can be good is to get your local Home Depot or Lowe's to set up a storage shed that you can lock when you are not there to supervise. Another problem area for basements and garages are fuse boxes. Make sure that all fuses are a correct fit for the circuits because if they aren't than you will have a fire hazard on your hands.

There are also things that you can do to make the general living areas of your house safer. For instance, make sure that you have smoke detectors conveniently located throughout your home; this includes hallways and general areas. You should also check with your local health department to see if your plumbing contains lead or lead solder in order to maintain the best home security possible.

Exposure to lead can be fatal, and if you suspect that your plumbing has lead in it, make sure that you run your water for thirty seconds before you drink it. Also remember that boiling your water does not take the lead out of it. Make sure that your family has a planned escape route in case of emergency, and have important numbers, like the police and fire departments in an easy and convenient location.

It is also a good idea to check your outlets when you move in to see if any are excessively hot or cold. Extreme temperatures in your electrical outlets could be a hint to faulty wiring.

Having a pool is fun for the entire family, but there are necessary home security measures that cannot be ignored by anyone who has permission to swim. For instance, there should be a telephone located somewhere close to the pool in case of disaster. There should be a fence or some sort of barrier surrounding the pool, making it difficult for young children to get to the pool, fall in, and possibly drown.

The fence around the pool area is required by most cities and you can be fined for not following regulation if they ever decide to pay you a visit. Your home security efforts will never be foolproof and accidents do happen, but at least you will know you did everything you could.

Times have changed dramatically since the days of Donna Reed and Lucy Arnez, when home security was not a big issue. Today we find that people actually sue McDonalds for giving them hot coffee, spilling it on themselves, and they win.

Therefore, don't go on the assumption that someone won't try to make money off of you if they slip, fall into your pool, and break their leg. Take all of the steps that you need in order to make home security a priority, as much as you can. Then you can have your pool party without any anxiety.
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Mike Selvon owns a number of niche portal. Please visit our home security portal for more great tips on protecting your home.
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