You home should be your safe harbor. Part of the joys of home ownership is knowing you are safe and secure in your dwelling. This feeling goes beyond keeping you family safe from intruders. It’s reflected in the soundness of the structure, safety of major appliances and systems, and air quality. Let’s explore some of the most important aspects of keeping your home safe and secure.

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Invest in home security

If home is truly a safe harbor, you need to feel safe inside. Windows that don’t shut and lock properly are a vulnerable area. Doors that don’t have adequate locks in place invite feelings of anxiety. Your entry points need to have reliable locking mechanisms including a good deadbolt. Don’t cut corners here. The goal is to protect your most precious commodities; your family.

Add a security system that includes outside cameras. Adding surveillance cameras gives the ability to have a 360 degree view of the exterior of your home. It can ease your mind when you hear those strange noises outside your window in the middle of the night. It’s also a good thing to install a system that records continually. That way if you see something suspicious when you get home from being out, you can go through the recording to see if someone had been on your property.

Make your home air tight

Water damage can seem like a small thing, but it can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Keeping a moisture barrier around your basement is vital. Once moisture starts to gather, mold is sure to follow. You may need to contact basement moisture contractors to remove any existing mold and seal everything up for the future.

Keeping your high moisture areas like bathrooms as dry as possible is also really important. Invest in exhaust fans in your bathrooms to remove moisture when the shower or bathtub is in use. If you don’t have an exhaust fan, open the window a bit to help pull moisture out of the room.

Install smoke detectors

Be sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in every room of the house. Check the batteries in your detectors once a month to be sure they are working properly. Don’t neglect this. Early warning of fires or carbon monoxide saves lives.

If your house has a second story, be sure you have retractable ladders that can be rolled out windows in case a fire makes the stairway inaccessible. Teach your children about escape routes in case of a fire. Be sure they know where to meet once they are outside.

Encourage a good night’s sleep

There are a multitude of studies that show getting a restful night’s sleep is vital to good health. The way you interact with others can be directly related to how you sleep. Irritability and depression can result from lack of sleep. You might be surprised to learn that research shows high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, and other cardiovascular problems can be exacerbated by poor quality sleep.

If your bed is not comfortable, check into getting a different mattress. There are so many types of mattresses today; memory foam, pillow top, and hybrids are just a few. With all of these choices, finding a mattress specialist can help. They’ll ask the right questions to match you with the best mattress for you.

Prepare for natural disasters

Depending on the region of the country in which you live, natural disasters can pose a real threat to your family. If you live in a high tornado risk area, think about installing a tornado shelter in your home. Many times these are no larger than a closet but can give your family protection from flying debris that your home’s exterior cannot.

Hurricane prone areas have building materials like shutters, and special window glass to help keep your structure standing. Of course, if you are in the path of a hurricane, your best course of action is to evacuate. Don’t think you can just ride it out because you’ve built your home to stand.

In some areas of the country, you need to be ready for earthquakes.  In all disaster situations, you need to have a plan your entire family is aware of. Even if you may never experience a disaster, having a preexisting plan will give you peace of mind.

Take care of your family

It takes very little in the way of preparation to keep your family safe. Don’t be in the mind set that “it’s never happened before” keep you from securing your home.

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