It’s officially springtime, which means there are some gorgeous days and enjoyable weather to look forward to. We can finally go outdoors and partake in strolls through the park, day hikes or just piddle more around town—all without the bitter cold to consider. As things feel fresh and new, there’s a number of home safety tips to consider this spring. Call it a spring-cleaning for your home’s security.
Here’s what you can do to ensure the safety of your home and family:
1. Replace Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Batteries
When is the last time you replaced your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries? It’s easy to forget to replace something that is generally out of sight and mind. But it’s an essential thing to do…which could even prevent an injury or death.
Did you know that two-thirds of home fire deaths were the result of smoke detectors not working properly? Most detectors operate using inexpensive 9-volt batteries. It’s easy to replace the batteries—you’ll just need a ladder and someone to spot you.
If you don’t have either a fire or carbon monoxide detector, both are truly essential. You never know when a disaster can happen, so it’s best to be prepared. And not every danger is obvious—carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s a deadly gas that has no odor or color. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 170 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the U.S.
2. Maintain your Lawn
Having a well-manicured lawn not only looks great; it actually helps detract potential burglars. It signals that the home’s residents aren’t out of town and makes entry points clearly visible from the outside. And visible entry points are a good thing. A burglar can hide better when there’s a lot of tree and bush overgrowth near window and doors.
3. Check your Window & Door Frames for Damage
The winter months can warp the trim around your window and doorframes. A warped frame is easier to force open—making it a vulnerable spot in your home’s defense. You’ll want to also make sure that the warped frame hasn’t impacted your alarm system’s window and door sensors as well.
4. Lock your Doors & Close your Garage
A burglar could target even the safest of neighborhoods—no residence is immune. Locking a door only takes a second, but could easily deter someone from breaking in. The same is true for closing your garage door. Not only can someone enter your garage and take items, they can also enter your home more easily. Remember, it’s not the 1950s anymore; every house needs to take proper home security measures.
5. Invest in Outdoor Motion Lights
Lastly, having outdoor motion lights are a great deterrence for unwanted visitors. If it’s dark, there’s no better way to make someone known than to have outdoor lights turn on.
Enjoy your spring with ease! Protect your home and family while you adventure out. Be sure to check out all of ADT’s home monitoring benefits