Quick ways to improve
the safety of your home
Let’s look at what can be done to create a safe home environment for every household
November 25, 2022
Home security should be a top priority, but some people think humans have a false sense of security that can’t be explained. For example, some buildings feel safe when you walk into them, and it’s easy to let your guard down because you feel secure, which isn’t always guaranteed. Maybe it’s because those buildings look safer. What if we could ensure that the equipment and materials are designed to protect us from harm?
Let’s look at a few ways you can create this kind of safe environment everywhere. You’ll be safe in most buildings unless something goes very wrong, but these tips will make any structure even safer without carrying out much work.
Secure your garden against intruders
Securing the exterior of your home is the first line of defence against burglars. Take a walk around your property and think like a burglar. Intruders enjoy sneaking around like a ninja in the darkness. Eliminating hiding places by keeping shrubbery neatly trimmed helps cut down on intruders.
If you install lights in your garden, it’s less likely someone will try to break in. Motion-detecting lights turn on when someone is close by, so even if they wake you up, it’s worth it. You want to know if someone is hanging around outside. Combine them with solar lights that illuminate flower beds. Hiding in the dark is impossible when lights shine brightly.
Look for openings and holes in the roof
Holes can exist that you simply cannot see, so it is important to do a walkthrough of a roof. There are a couple of reasons you should check the roof for punctures. A roof puncture creates a hole in roofing material through a combination of weight and sharp pressure that punches through the roof in one small area.
Instead of being terrorized by burglars, you could be hounded by animals. Imagine being unable to sleep at night because little feet are running across your attic. Termites that are living under your roof and feeding on your walls or ceilings often break through the drywall or wood, and drywood termites even create holes, known as “kickout holes” through which they dispose of their fecal matter and force out waste.
Rain can also fall into your house quickly if there are missing tiles, so you’ll end up with a swimming pool above your bedroom. Once the water starts to build up in the attic, it will cause issues throughout your home.
Build a slope around the walls of your home
Build a slope away from the walls if you want the water to soak into the ground when it rains heavily, and not accumulate against your home, which attracts bugs, as is sometimes the case due to poor planning. You don’t want a large puddle sitting against your walls and water to find its way into your basement. If you build a slope away from your walls, water will flow in the opposite direction.
Ideally, the ground should drop one inch for every foot that you move away from the house for about ten feet around your house. While this is not always possible, the ground should never be sloping upwards as you move away from your house foundation.
Install a fire prevention system
The key to a successful fire suppression system installation is to have a good design based on your specific house. A carbon dioxide fire extinguishing system is good enough in most homes. It will get rid of flames and it’s safe enough to use on valuable electronics. You should also hang multiple fire alarms around your house.
Fully automatic fire suppression systems take away the need to depend on a person to discover and tackle a fire. Within seconds of a fire occurring, the detection system detects the radiant heat from the fire, automatically actuates the system and delivers the extinguishing agents straight into the heart of the fire. A residential sprinkler system will save homeowners money in the event of a fire. When activated, a sprinkler head will spray 15 to 20 gallons per minute.
The system will do all the work once it realizes there is a fire. All you need to do is run out of the house as fast as possible. Make sure you have a plan in place to ensure all family members know what must be done.
Check for gas and water leaks
The best option to detect harmful gas leaks is a hybrid alarm that detects both carbon monoxide and other explosive gases, such as methane, propane, and other natural gases.
If you read a guide to fire suppression system inspection, you’ll realize it’s not the only thing that can protect you. Most detectors let you check for carbon monoxide leaks, which is vital because the gas is a killer. High levels of natural gas exposure can cause natural gas poisoning, which is characterized by fatigue, severe headaches, memory problems, loss of concentration, nausea, loss of consciousness, and suffocation.
You can use a detector to check for natural gas leaks too. That would be a nightmare because it’s so expensive right now. Some gadgets can check for water leaks, so your house will be safe from floods.