Burglars look for a variety of factors when targeting a home for a break in. No matter how many precautions have made, there are common mistakes that many homeowners fall
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 points burglars can use to gain entrance. Below are six entry points you should check in your home to make sure they’re secure:
1. Doors: As the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) states, burglars often gain entry through unsecured doors, using screwdrivers or crowbars to break through. Also, some doors, like interior and exterior garage doors, might be unlocked, making it all too easy for burglars to get in. Doors in general can be kicked open, so you might also consider installing kick-resistant doors. Last but not least, remember to lock your doors, and keep in mind that knob locks are easily opened using credit cards, so you should have deadbolt locks.
2. Sliding doors: COPS states that along with unsecured standard doors, unsecured sliding doors are ways thieves gain access to a home. Heavy rods in sliding glass door tracks prevent these types of doors from opening. You can also have a professional install mechanisms to prevent tampering, as well as screws to keep frames and doors securely in place.
Household products are meant to help spruce up our home, keep items in working order, or keep surfaces sanitized for our health. But, even though these products are supposed to help us, they can also cause great harm. Below are five of the many common household items that are dangerous to your health. You might be surprised by what makes the list.
1. Irons: According to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, clothing irons cause burn injuries every year. Many of those burn injuries involve children under the age of three. Irons can heat up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and can take 90 minutes to cool down, making them a dangerous appliance to leave sitting around. Curious toddlers who want to learn about the world around them might pull on the iron’s cord and cause the iron to topple over and possibly cause injury. Make sure to safely store your iron when it’s not in use, and put it out of children’s reach until it cools down.
You’ve taken necessary precautions to help keep your home safe by installing a security system. After you’ve had your system installed, you might want to periodically check to make sure everything is working properly. Here are some steps for how to test your system, as well as what to do when a component isn’t working properly.
Notify family members: Always alert your family members when you’re about to run a security system test. Security system sensors make noise, so it’s best that everyone in your home know what is about to happen. A simple warning can prevent unnecessary surprises or scares.
Secure your home: You can’t thoroughly check your security system if your home isn’t secured. Before engaging in a test, doors and windows must be locked. The home must be secured as if you are about to leave the house.