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Your Home Safety and Security Checklist

  • When you leave your home for a long period, be sure to create the illusion that someone is home. You can put your lights on timers, leave a television on, or have a friend or family member stay at your home while you are away.
  • Check to see if all of your doors have good, updated locks that work properly. If not, replace them immediately.
  • Install a peephole in your front door so you can see who is outside before letting them in.
  • Never leave extra keys or garage door openers under doormats, in mailboxes, or on top of the doorframe. Instead, leave an extra key with a close friend, neighbor, or family member whom you trust.
  • You can make any windows or sliding glass doors extra secure by laying a piece of wood or metal along the bottom track, preventing the window or door from opening from the outside.
  • Always keep garage doors shut.
  • You should keep your blinds and drapes shut. Don't advertise the items in your home for the outside world.
  • Store expensive jewelry, electronics, and important documents in a safe at home or even better, a safe deposit box at your local bank.
  • Never leave a note on the door when you are away from home. This is a clear signal that no one is home and a nice invitation for any criminal to come inside.
  • When you are away for extended periods, ask a neighbor or family member to collect your mail, newspapers, and any deliveries you may have collected. This is a clear indicator that no one is home.

Home Fire Safety

  • Be sure to use fire resistant materials when building a new home.
  • It is never a good idea to leave candles, or any other open flames, unattended in your home.
  • Make sure cigarette butts are completely out before throwing them in the trash.
  • Never leave hot irons, curling irons, grills, etc. unattended.
  • Clear dry and dead leaves, trees, and grass from your yard on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that your street address is easily visible, allowing emergency personnel to find your home quickly.
  • Be sure to store firewood away from your home.
  • Install smoke alarms on each floor of your home, check batteries regularly, and test them at least once per month.
  • When cooking, don't leave pots or pans unattended on the stove.
  • Make sure you and your family have a fire escape plan. Practice the plan and make sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do in case of a fire.

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