How to Make Sure Your Home is Safe for Your Family

How to Make Sure Your Home is Safe for Your Family

The following is a contribution from another author.

There are lots of tools and gadgets out there today designed to ensure your home remains as safe as possible for your family. If you’ve just invested in a new property, there is a chance you are currently looking for ways in which you can improve security. With that in mind, this article will draw your attention towards some ideas that will help you to achieve that goal. As with anything else in the modern world, technology is your friend, and so you should use it wisely. Don’t stress if you have no idea where to start. Grab a cup of coffee and spend the next ten minutes reading this article. You will come away with a much better understanding of what you need to do.

Install CCTV outside

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have security cameras that monitor your driveway and the front and rear doors according to experts from That way, you can always see someone as they approach your property, and you will have access to video footage. So, if you decide to go out for the day and come home to discover a criminal has broken into your home, you will have some evidence to show the police that could help them to secure a conviction. CCTV is not as expensive as it once was, and so you shouldn’t have to break the bank to achieve that goal. However, it is worth paying for professional installation to ensure the system works correctly and it covers the correct areas of your property.

Install a home alarm system

A home security system will provide your family with peace of mind. Again, you can get them for next to nothing these days, but it’s probably worth investing in a mid-range solution. That is because some systems will only trigger if someone attempts to enter the property through the front door without the appropriate code. You need something better than that if you want to protect your family. So, consider buying an alarm system that contains window sensors at the very least. You should also think about choosing something that includes motion sensors you can place throughout your home. That way, if someone manages to get inside while you’re asleep, the alarm will sound and wake everyone up.

Buy a storage box for mail

Lots of families find that people seem to steal their mail when it is left on the step outside because they didn’t answer the door to the mailman. Thankfully, there is a simple solution that will ensure that never happens again. You can purchase specialty storage boxes for post that delivery people can use to ensure your items are hidden from sight. It makes sense to get something substantial in case you ever decide to purchase something when shopping or another similar site. The last thing you want is for the most expensive items you buy to go missing. So, get something of a decent size, place it in your garden, and leave a note for the mailman.

Install stair gates for small kids

The last thing any parent wants is for their children to sustain an injury because they fell down the stairs. However, that is something that happens to many kids during the first few years of their lives. The solution is to make sure you install stair gates in the areas where accidents are likely to occur. Still, you don’t have to only install the gates on the stairs. You can also use them to keep your little ones out of the kitchen or bathroom if you’re concerned about them having access to all those cleaning chemicals. Again, stair gates are not going to break the bank, and you can even buy some online these days that contain little webcams.

Add window lock devices

You probably have window locks at the moment, but most of the standard solutions do not cut the mustard. It is easy for a determined criminal to break into your home through the windows, and so it makes sense to get something that will reinforce the locks and make it more difficult for those people to gain access. There are lots of options on the table when it comes to robust window locks, and so you just need to search online or visit a local home security store to see what’s available. You won’t have to spend much cash, and you can install the locks by following the instructions with basic tools. Your family will find it much easier to sleep at night when they know the windows are secure.

Install an intercom

Sometimes you won’t want to answer your front door if you notice someone knocking who you don’t recognize. You might worry that person is a criminal hoping to take advantage and gain access. If you only have a CCTV system, there is a chance you could sit watching that person knocking your door over and over again. You wouldn’t be able to communicate with them and tell them to go away. So, do yourself a favor and install an intercom system with one unit in your home and the other by the entrance to your driveway or property. You can then let people know you’re not interested if they ring your bell in the hope of selling you something or getting information. You will never have to open the gates to your driveway to unwanted guests again!

As you can see from the information on this page, there is no need to spend a fortune or work too hard to ensure your family home is as safe and secure as possible. You just need to choose some of the suggestions from this article and put them into action. Also, it’s vital to note that there are many home security specialists out there who will come to your home, perform an assessment, and then provide you with some advice about the best improvements you can make. If you get stuck or you feel paranoid living in a new area, it is sometimes worth giving those professionals a call. Good luck!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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