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Vital Ways to Make Your Home as Safe as Possible

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The list of things you want your home to be is never that long: safe, warm, and comfortable are probably the most important. Having a safe house is a pretty easy thing to achieve, but there are some extra precautions to take, especially if there are children in the home!

1) Check that your windows are shatterproof. This is important because if they ever do break, there will be glass everywhere, not exactly what you need if you have children. If your windows aren’t shatterproof, then you could get some shatterproof film to put over them. It’s the kind of thing you don’t think to do until it’s too late, so don’t wait for an accident to happen.

2) Check your roof. If it is showing signs of wear like cracking, discoloration or even missing shingles, it is probably time to for some repairs. Go with a roofer with a lot of good testimonials like http://www.triumphroofing.net/. If the roof caves in, it'll be a very unsafe situation. Don't let it fall in and fall on someone.  Or it could let more of the weather in than it should, which could result in mold growth which is bad for your lungs.

3) Make sure that you are always locking your doors and windows at night and when you aren't home. We were victims of a home burglary 8 years ago because we left a window open while we were out. Here are a few safety tips for ways to prevent break ins: http://www.securityworldonline.com/Education/Safety_Tips/safety_tips.html .

4) Check your fire alarms often. This is another thing that is so easily put off but something that needs to be done. If you don’t test them, you have no way of knowing if they are working until it is too late to find out. Always have a day of the year marked on the calendar that you change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Even if the ones in there are still working fine, you don’t want batteries up there that are on their last legs!

5) Everyone wants a home that is nice, safe and part of a great environment. A big aspect of that is knowing what is going on around you. Get to know your neighbors. Not many people talk to their neighbors very often, but if you did then they might tell you about an incident with a break in in that happened across the road, and you would know to be more vigilant. Also, if you became friendlier, you would be more comfortable letting your kids play outside knowing if the neighbors saw anything, they’d let you know, or if there was trouble, they’d phone the police.

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