Just as we vow at the beginning of a new year to eat healthier and exercise more, we should also make the same gung-ho resolutions to protect our home and loved ones. Here are some steps you can take to make this year and every year a safer time for you and your family:
- If you don’t have a home security system and monitoring service, then now is the time to do so. Thumb through the Yellow Pages or get recommendations from trusted friends and relatives. Routinely activate your system every time you enter and exit your home. When something is done regularly it becomes a habit, so work diligently to keep your system activated. Another plus for owning a home security system is it may reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium by as much as thirty percent.
- Thoroughly inspect every door, window, and other possible entryways into your home at least once a month or once every other month. Replace any lock that is outdated and worn, and always keep your door and windows locked at all times.
- Purchase motion detector lights and mount them on every corner of your home and at the front and back door. Bright lights go a long way in scaring potential thieves who try to sneak into your home.
- Everyone should have an emergency kit fully stocked with water, canned foods, basic tools, a first-aid kit, and medical supplies in the event of a natural disaster. Important documents and prescriptions should also be readily accessible. If you or a loved one is a diabetic, keep a small storage box stocked with a blood glucose monitor, testing strips, insulin, and snacks and beverages for raising low blood sugar.
- If you live on a busy street, keep your curtains closed as much as possible. By keeping blinds and curtains open constantly, you’re putting your valuables and other possessions on display for everyone to see and you may risk being robbed.
- Have your children fingerprinted. Many schools now offer programs through the FBI to help protect children, and it’s one of the easiest things you can do for your child’s well-being. If your child should ever come up missing, a policeman can use the laminate card provided with your child’s fingerprints on it to place the information into the National Crime Information Center database where it will be shared with other officials nationwide.
It only takes a few minutes to create lasting changes that will keep you and your family safe for many years to come.