6 Summer Home Safety Tips to Accomplish During Spring Cleaning
With spring cleaning well under way in many homes across the country, there’s no denying the summer months are within reach. A change of seasons is always a welcome opportunity to reorganize and reevaluate what we currently have in place. An important piece of this is to ensure that our homes are as safe as possible, especially if our summer plans include vacation time away from home.
There are several ways for families to take simple actions to ensure the safety of their homes, whether they’re traveling during the summer months or staying close to home. Many of these safety tips and reminders are simple one-time actions, while others are seasonal steps to protect the home and family.
Install a home security system
Installing a home security system is an effective way to keep your home protected. The system secures entry points to the home, such as doors and windows, and protects occupants against burglars and other potential home intruders. Most security systems can be controlled through a mobile app, allowing you to check in on your home throughout the day or night.
Place your mail on hold
If you’re going away for a while, it’s simple to take advantage of the post office Hold Mail service. The post office in your area will keep your mail safe and prevent it from accumulating in your mailbox while you’re traveling. You can either make the request to hold your mail online or by filling out a form at your local post office.
Set an automatic timer on your lights
Using an automatic timer for your lights can give the impression that someone is home while you’re away. If you’re looking for something to further deter any nefarious activity, try a smart home package that can remotely control lights with a simple mobile app. This will allow you to turn lights on and off at your discretion while you’re far away.
Check your smoke detectors
This is the time of year to check all your smoke detectors to make sure they’re working properly. As you embark on spring cleaning, verify there are no low batteries, dust or spiderwebs that could set off the smoke detectors. Think about installing smart smoke detectors in your home. These devices do much more than detect smoke in your home. They also detect carbon monoxide, and analyze data from smoke, humidity, temperature, activity and light.
Install motion sensitive outdoor lighting
The installation of motion activated outdoor lighting is an inexpensive and simple way to add a safety feature to your home. Motion sensitive lighting automatically lights up a dark driveway, yard, sidewalk or garage to keep you safe and help prevent a break-in.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, toxic gas. Any fuel burning appliance in the home such as gas dryers, gas stoves and fireplaces have the potential to produce dangerous levels of CO gas. If your smoke detector doesn’t detect carbon monoxide, you should install separate CO detectors throughout your home and check that they’re working properly while doing your spring cleaning.
As the seasons shift, it’s time to reassess whether your home is secure. Use this opportunity to either simultaneously implement each of the suggested actions or spread them out over a period. Fortunately, there are many solutions to choose from to create a safe environment for you and your family.