Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Top 10 Home Safety Tips

Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe:

As we’re fully in the midst of the glorious summer season, here are a few helpful tips in keeping your home safe while you’re away on your long-deserved weekend getaway or long-awaited summer holiday:

1. Light it up
Leave your outside lights on at night and leave one or two well-placed lamps on inside your house when you're not at home. A programmable timer is an excellent investment for lighting up your home during certain hours of the day or night while you’re away.

2. Lock it up
Reliable dead-bolt door locks and sturdy window latches help prevent break-ins.

3. Over the hedge
Tall hedges provide convenient hiding places for potential burglars. Keep yours trimmed so they're no higher than your windowsills.

4. Don’t note
Never leave notes on your door (even when you're at home).

5. Make noise
Turn the radio on to your favorite station when you leave the house. To a burglar it means that someone's home.

6. No access
Close and lock garage doors to protect valuables stored there, and to prevent access to your house.

7. Park it
If possible, park an additional car in your driveway or ask a neighbor to park there. It gives the appearance that someone's always home, and prevents burglars from backing a van into the drive for easy loading.

8. Spare keys
If you leave a spare key outside, be creative. Burglars routinely check under flowerpots and welcome mats, as well as window ledges.

9. Home watch
Ask a neighbor to collect flyers and mail when you're away (a free service to Genesis clients). Also remember to do a “vacation cancel” for any newspapers you receive. And if you’re gone for an extended period of time, consider hiring someone to take care of your lawn or even house-sit.

10. Be involved
If you haven’t already, team up with your neighbors and form a crime watch program. Your local police can help you get started, or contact Genesis to find out how we may be able to help.

Final tip: If you don’t already, consider getting a home alarm system to keep your home and family safe at all times.

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