You might not be aware of how simple it can be for a burglar to break into your home. Some are obvious, but there are also several surprisingly easy entry
Keeping your home safe is a year-long job. Not only is there the external threat of burglary, but there is also the internal threat of household substances that could make you and your family sick. Here are some ways you can make your home safe and secure both inside and out.
When it comes to security, doors are some of the first things to check. According to HouseLogic, check the strike plates—the metal fittings that catch latches and bolts. Your fittings should be four-screw strike plates with three-inch screws that penetrate the door jamb and the wood of the stud behind the jamb. Exterior doors—including the garage door—should have deadbolts with at least a one-inch bolt.
Recently, burglars have reached an all-time low, with patterns of breaking into homes while families attend funerals. In some cases, burglars scan the obituaries for names, addresses, and times of funerals, so they know exactly when mourning loved ones will be out of the home. In an effort to raise awareness, here are the details on several funeral burglaries across the nation:
On Feb. 22 in Columbus Ohio, while a couple of roommates attended a friend’s funeral, their apartment was burglarized. The roommates came home to discover their windows smashed and their door kicked in. Thieves made off with a laptop, a safe that contained a handgun, and the title to a car. Police suspect that community word-of-mouth got around, and alerted the burglars to the funeral and the time the roommates would be gone.
With the temperatures heating up and summer time fast approaching, you’re probably starting to think of ways to stay cool. As you dream about days lounging by the pool or eating popsicles, don’t forget about your 4-legged friends. Pets need extra care and attention during the summer months, especially in hot climates. Here are some tips for protecting your pets this summer:
1. Use Sunscreen
It’s important to protect your pets from the sun. Using sunscreen is especially important for pets with short hair or white or pink fur. Consistently use sunscreen on your pet to avoid sun damage. You’ll want to pay special attention to the nose and ears, which are particularly vulnerable to sunburn. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good sunscreen for your pet.