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Are You Safe in Your Own Home?

Are You Safe in Your Own Home? By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Feeling secure in their own homes is a priority for all home-owners. But do you know how safe your home really is? These basic security tips and features can help you make your home a safe haven.

These convenient home security features can easily boost your safety without breaking your budget:
  • Dead bolt locks: Choose a lock that requires a key on both sides, otherwise the burglar can break nearby glass and turn the bolt himself. Along these lines, never leave the key in the inside lock! Keep it near the door for convenience, but out of reach of any windows.
  • Motion detector lights: install these lights around any exterior doors to your home. Movement activates the light, often scaring burglars away. And the light makes you safer when you return home at night.
  • Changing locks: when you first move into a new home, change the locks immediately! You never know who has copies. And if your keys or car are ever stolen, change the locks then too. In addition, keep a separate car key to use when valet parking – remember your home address is often on that registration material in your glove-box, so you don't want to hand your house key to a total stranger.
  • Smoke detectors: along with keeping some people out, you want to keep your loved ones safe indoors. Keep good working smoke detectors throughout the house. You can choose to install a fire alarm system that automatically notifies the department in any emergency. Some even detect dangerous odorless gases such as carbon monoxide.

New advances in home security have made burglar and fire alarm systems better and more affordable. Whether remodeling or starting from scratch, don't overlook this essential aspect of home design. It could save your life.

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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