Your home is constantly under attack from outside threats. There are burglars waiting to break in to steal your valuables, pests are always looking to infest your home, and weather could be ready to unleash the full fury of its wrath on your home. The point is that you need to take steps to make your home safe. Here are five ways that you can protect your home from outside forces.
Stop BurglarsBurglars are always on the lookout for potential targets. You can stop them from approaching your home by installing motion-activated lighting. You should also install a burglar alarm in case the lighting doesn’t scare them off. Don’t forget that the best way to keep thieves out is to always lock your house up tight to prevent them every gaining easy access.
Install a Sump PumpFlooding is one of the worst disasters that can befall your home. The economic costs of recovering from a flood can be staggering. Make sure to install a quality sump pump to protect your basement from flooding due to flash floods and sewer pipe issues. Be sure that the sump pump you install has a battery to keep it running in case the power goes out during a storm.
Protect Your Home from LightningYou need to have a lightning rod installed somewhere on your property. If you do not have one, then you need to get one immediately. If lightning hits your home, it will instantly fry all of the electronics inside of it. You can forget about surge protectors stopping the awesome power of a lightning strike. Don't let the danger of fire by lightning be a threat to your home.
Stop Pests from Becoming a NuisanceThere are hundreds of pests that can infest your home. Rats, cockroaches, termites, ants, and many more critters are just waiting for you to drop your guard. You need to do everything you can to stop an infestation from occurring. If you see any signs of insects or rodents invading your home, then you should get help with insect and rodent control.
Fire SafetyYou need to have smoke alarms installed on every floor and bedroom of your home. You should also have ABC fire extinguishers within ready reach of every bedroom and the kitchen. Make sure to test these devices regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. The dangers of fire can be reduced with proper safety equipment.
When it comes to your home a family, the best ways to protect it are to think ahead. Use these tips and the resources you have available to keep your home protected in every area this year.
“Brooke Chaplan is a writer and freelance blogger from Los Lunas New Mexico. She enjoys the outdoors and writing about a variety of topics. In her research about home safety, and rodent control in Los Angeles she found that peanut butter is sometimes more effective in traps than cheese. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”