How secure is your home?

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ January 23, 2012

It's my nature to surf the world of online home improvement blogs. There's great information out there, including home improvement ideas if you're rebuilding or going green. But I've yet to see a blog give any bandwidth to a discussion about home safety and security. Are we just numb to the same old ideas of turning on a light when we're gone or leaving a radio blaring?

For starters, you'd be amazed at how many people live in homes without adequate carbon monoxide protection. Are your HVAC system, cook stove and oven, fireplace and water heaters connected securely and situated in rooms with sufficient ventilation? If you're concerned about protection, you can buy a home carbon monoxide alarm for less than $25 at most home improvement stores. Let your family hear the sound of the alarm by pressing the test button. That way they'll know which alarm has gone off.

Fire safety and home improvement

Smoke alarms are routinely regulated for rental property, but when it comes to you and your family, do you voluntarily have ionization and photoelectric-type smoke alarms on each floor of your house? If not, add alarm installation to your home improvement plans. If you're building a new house, The Home Safety Council (HSC) recommends that you add fire sprinklers. According to the HSC, "fires and burns are the third-leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths."

Plumbing safety

If you reside where winter temperatures drop below 20 degrees, be sure to insulate your pipes in all the crawl spaces and attic. Be sure to seal or insulate all the pipe vents, wiring vents, and openings leading into the house. You may want to educate yourself on how to fix a leaking water pipe. Use a patch kit until you can compelte a permanent repair.

Home security

Not everyone has a contract with an alarm or security company. But you can always install security doors that keep would-be intruders at bay. The latest generation of security doors comes in a range of styles, materials and colors, so you won't be stuck with an ugly door that looks like it was made for a federal penitentiary. Locks come in an amazing range of options, too, from fingerprint activated models to dead bolts that you can activate with your laptop or smart phone.

Think about safety on your next do-it-yourself home assessment and take the necessary actions to protect your family as well as your investment

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