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Important Tips To Keep Your Home Safe And Secure
This is the time of year when we start to spend more time outside, perhaps taking long walks or attending an outdoor event in town. We begin to look forward to those lazy days of summer! If a vacation is in the plans we start to make that list to check off. Possibly the kids will be home alone during the day hours while parents are at work. No better time than to review and give your home safety and security plan a checkup.
First, all households should have a fire escape plan in place. If you have questions about how to do that you can find many good ones online. You can, also, call your local fire department and they will be more than happy to assist you to come up with a workable one for your family. Technology has developed many competent leak detection systems. Fires are not the only life and property hazards. Many of the home security systems will detect leaks, furnace failures, and other ordinary household problems. This allows you to rest assured that you will be alerted immediately so that your home is protected from frozen pipes, water damage, or other costly problems.
Along with fire safety, home security systems are much the norm these days. Technology and the changes that have happened over the past five years have enhanced all home security systems. No longer is it necessary to hard-wire your system into your home. Wireless systems are easier to install and more cost effective. It is simpler to divide your home into different areas, or zones, with a wireless system. By using a wireless system you can identify a problem area of the home, thus less false alarms; which can become quite costly.
Another perk that the advancements in technology have brought about is that there are many phone apps out there that allow us to monitor and secure our homes remotely. This not only allows us to be anywhere and check on your systems, it also makes it quicker to be notified if there is a potential break-in at your home.
Vibration sensors are the number one reason that causes false security alarms. This is because of the sensitivity necessary to detect even the quietest of intrusions. If a branch brushes against a window a false alarm can go out. Today’s technology integrates audio sensors that can identify the differences between general noises and shattering glass. It allows you to differentiate whether an actual break-in is occurring or another type of emergent situation is taking place.
Whether you are concerned with your family that includes children at home, or your elderly parents; the new technology available to us integrates seamlessly with medical, fire, or other emergency responders. Make sure you have an individual Panic Button handy. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you can quickly and easily call for help. You can set your Panic Button to either audible or silent.
Lastly, get to know your neighbors. Join or start a Neighborhood Watch program. With the warm weather upon us now would be a great time to organize a neighborhood block party. It’s a great way to get to know those who live close to us, who knows, you may even find a lot in common with those neighbors! At the very least you can reach out when you are leaving your home for an extended period of time for those close to you to keep a look out on your home, and you can reciprocate when they need the same help.
Sam Lepore is a Realtor with Keller Williams in Moorestown, NJ. Call him today at 856.297.6827 ....