Safety Tips for New and Current Homeowners

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After going through the hurdle of buying your home, be prepared for an emergency by prepping your home. In a recent study conducted by Safewise, over 58% of Americans are concerned about their safety and security.

22% of Americans list property-related crimes as their top safety concern. As a new or even current homeowner, there are several ways that you can protect your home and prevent future issues.


Here are some of the best ways to protect you and your home.


Electrical Malfunctions and Fires:

The US fire departments respond to a home fire every 86 seconds. One of the leading causes of house fires is electrical malfunctions. When installing or renovating a new or current home. Hiring a trained professional is your best and most affordable option longterm. Cutting costs by hiring an untrained professional with any job on your home can cost you thousands later on.


Check your Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors:

One of the easiest ways to protect your home is by checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. About 50% of home fires during the night when people are sleeping. Checking your batteries or even installing a detector can protect you and your family.


Top five best selling smoke detectors:

  1. Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm (2nd Gen) (amazon)

  2.  First Alert Smoke Detector Photoelectric and Ionized Alarm (amazon)

  3. Kidde i12040 120V AC Wire-In Smoke Alarm (amazon)

  4. OneLink Safe & Sound by First Alert (amazon)

  5. Ardwolf Photoelectric Smoke and Fire Alarm (amazon)


Have an older home, check for asbestos

If you’re considering doing renovations of your vintage bungalow check to see if your home contains asbestos. While the use of the material halted in the mid-20th century and isn’t considered a threat when left undisturbed. The moment it becomes airborne it can lead to serious injuries. Before you start your open-concept floorplan get some professional advice on the removal process of asbestos in your home.


Change your locks and install a security system

For many of us being home, 24/7 isn’t possible but there are several ways to have a second set of eyes on your home and assets.

Changing the existing locks or upgrading to a more sophisticated lock system can give you peace of mind in your home. Installing a surveillance system or a video-enabled doorbell can add to the security of your home.

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