The New Year is a perfect opportunity for celebration and reflection. Among your resolutions, home security might not be at the top of your list, but it should not be overlooked. It only takes a few changes and a little effort to create a safer home for you, your loved ones, and your neighborhood. Do not let your 2023 resolutions slip through the cracks. It’s possible that this change will have a favorable impact on you.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
A home is only as safe as the neighborhood in which it is located. Crime is less likely to occur in a tight-knit neighborhood. Did you move into your home without becoming acquainted with your neighbors? If that is the case, you may want to introduce yourself to those in your community.
Having a friendly relationship with your neighbors can have many benefits. When you’re away for a long time, it’s handy to have someone to collect your mail and look after your vacant house while you’re away. This person will also keep you updated on neighborhood news and events.
Take advantage of opportunities to introduce yourself and offer assistance. Help your neighbors as you would like them to help you. Simply being friendly can make a big difference in a neighborhood. If you speak to different people in your community, you can determine their interests from the following point.
Become a Member of a Neighborhood Watch Program or Organize One
There has been an increase in the popularity of neighborhood watch programs across the country. You may want to become more involved in a neighborhood watch program if one is already in place. The programs are ideal for bringing together neighborhood communities and adding a layer of security as well.
Involvement communicates a level of trust and respect among neighbors and shows that you care about the well-being of your family and the community. If a neighborhood watch program does not currently exist in your community, we have an in-depth guide to help you start a neighborhood watch yourself.
Prepare Yourself for Unexpected Events
Emergencies can occur at any time and are often unexpected. Make sure you are prepared for emergencies, no matter the situation. Making an emergency safety kit is fairly easy to do now. Many people don’t realize they need them until an emergency strikes.
Start the year with an organized and accessible compilation of resources. We suggest the following items:
- Water: one gallon of water per day per individual
- Food: non-perishable, simple-to-prepare, or ready-to-eat
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered or crank-powered radios
- First aid kit
- Hygiene and sanitation products
- Copies of vital documents in a waterproof bag or container
- Multi-purpose tools, including a can opener, screwdriver, knife, wrench, and pliers
- Cell phone and charger
- Phone numbers for emergency assistance and family
- Emergency blanket or thermal blanket
- Clean cloth to filter bad air (could be an old t-shirt)
- Plastic tarps and duct tape for a canopy or shelter
Although not comprehensive, this is an excellent place to start. Ensure that all of these items are stored together and are easily accessible. Each member of the family should know the location. The emergency kit should be discussed with children so they know where to get it when needed.
It is also essential that you create an evacuation plan for your family in case of a fire emergency. Children are especially vulnerable to home fires if they are unfamiliar with what to do. Everyone in your household should be aware that if there ever is a fire, it should be evacuated, and the fire department notified immediately.
Regular Checks of Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you are always prepared for home fires and carbon monoxide dangers by assessing your detectors. It is recommended that smoke detectors are located in multiple areas of your house. The same applies to carbon monoxide detectors. Perform a test on each of them to ensure they all work correctly.
The most effective smoke detectors are the ones connected to your wireless smart home security system. Were you aware that you can protect your home from overlooked hazards with 24/7 monitored smart smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors? You will be sent an alert if they are detected. Monitored smart smoke detectors and CO detectors will immediately send for assistance in the case of an emergency so that you can focus on escaping the house safely with your family. Taking your security up a notch to monitored smoke detectors and CO detectors is a great way to add more peace of mind aspects to your life.
Install a Wireless Home Security System
If you are concerned about any vulnerabilities in your home or property, a wireless home security system can provide you with protection. The devices that comprise a wireless home security system deter intruders and are easier to monitor and operate than ever before. From anywhere and at any time, you can view live security feeds, remotely lock and unlock doors, and set alarms using your smartphone or any mobile device. In today’s world, wireless smart home security systems play a crucial role in enhancing and saving lives.
Better Home Security in the New Year
Taking steps to improve your family’s security is a wise New Year’s resolution. Johns Brothers Security offers wireless smart home security systems that you can trust. We have been helping families get the home security solutions they need for over 40 years. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to speak with one of our wireless home security experts at 1-800-242-9760!