Security Spring Cleaning

It’s March already, but you may have already noticed a change in the air that signals the beginning of the spring season. Winter weather is quickly on its way out and we can finally enjoy a range of activities outdoors. But, before you head on out, make sure your home undergoes some essential spring-cleaning—your safety depends on it.

Here are some spring-cleaning tips to maintain a safe home:

1. Go through all of your smoke detectors and replace the batteries
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It’s hard to keep track of something that is constantly out of sight on the ceiling, but maintaining your smoke detectors is a must. The National Fire Association reports that two-thirds of home fire deaths were the result of smoke detectors not working properly. You’ve likely haven’t replaced the batteries in a while, so why not go through them all now and make sure they are in tip-top shape? Most smoke detectors require inexpensive 9-volt batteries. Replacing the batteries is extremely simple—just make sure that if you have to go on a ladder, that you have someone to spot you.

If you don’t have a fire detector, it’s an important security feature for every home. Not having one could literally spell out disaster for your property and loved ones.

2. Get or maintain carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors work exactly as a smoke detector does. This means that if your home already has one, you should take the time to replace all of the batteries now. You can be rest assured that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are ALL working correctly. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to have them.

Carbon monoxide is described as a silent killer. The gas has no odor or color…you can’t really sense it until it’s too late. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 170 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S. every year.

3. Tackle some landscaping
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During the winter months, you hardly have to put any work into your lawn. Now that spring is here, trees and bushes will soon be in bloom. It’s essential to trim any bushes or trees that will block entryways, like windows and doors. A clear line of sight is the best way to detract a burglar from breaking in.

4. Lock your doors and keep your garage door closed

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook simple things as locking your doors or closing your garage door. Maybe you live in fairly secure neighborhood and no one ever bothers with these things. Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Why risk a home invasion? All you have to do is simply turn the door lock or press the garage door button closed.

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