How Safe do you feel in your own Home?

19 February 2019

We all want to feel as safe as possible in our own homes - and we all deserve to, too. But if you are feeling as though you could probably feel a little safer in your home, then you might be keen to ensure that you are doing whatever you can to get to the bottom of that. As it happens, there might be any number of reasons that you don’t feel entirely safe, and you might find that it is a long process to be able to root out these reasons to become safer while you are at home. 

Further still, if you have a family then it might be even more important to you than it would be otherwise. In this post, we are going to try and make it easier for you to feel safe at home. We will first look into the many potential reasons that your home might not be as safe as you would like. Then we will discuss some of the practical steps you can take to make your home a considerably safer space in future.

The Causes Of An Unsafe Home

It might merely be that you have a general feeling that your home is not safe, and you don't actually know why. Or maybe you have spotted something that you know could be a potential security or safety risk, which you need to sort out at the earliest opportunity. In any case, it is helpful to have a strong sense of what some of the most common causes of an unsafe home might be so that you can make sure you know how to approach this issue as strongly as possible in the future. Let’s look now at some of the more common causes of an unsafe home.

Some causes are more or less out of your control. You might merely live in an unsafe neighbourhood, for instance, which is unlikely to be something you can do anything about - except, of course, moving somewhere different should that option be open to you. If you do feel that your neck of the woods is not entirely safe, you should think carefully about whether it is time to move, or whether there is anything you can do to make yourself safer regardless. Following many of the steps below will help if you live in an unsafe neighbourhood, so remember that not all is lost even if that is the situation for you.

Many other possible causes of an unsafe home might be more to do with the home itself, and these are things that you should be able to do more about if you make a point of it. You might have a damaged door, missing windows, or some other very obvious security breach. The problem with that is that it is equally as obvious to someone who wants to get into your property, and so will make you much more of a target. 

You will want to get those issues sorted out as soon as you can for that reason. It might instead simply be that you are accidentally or inadvertently advertising your belongings by having valuable things on display, near windows and so on. This is likely to make you more of a potential target for burglary, and it is generally wise to avoid doing so, as we will see in a little more detail below.

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Some other causes could be more to do with general safety rather than this kind of protective security against outside forces. If you are somehow lacking in your fire safety, for instance, you are likely to be less safe in your home, particularly should the worst actually occur. 

You might have a very cluttered home, which means that it is going to be a lot more dangerous in a general day-to-day sense. All of these things add up to make a very unsafe home, and they all need to looking into and fixing if you are to remain as safe and secure as possible within your own home. Next up, we will look at some of the practical things you might want to think about doing to ensure that your home is as secure and safe as possible and that you are much less likely to suffer a bad fate within its walls.

Preventative Measures

Knowing all of these potential causes of a lack of safety and security in your home, you will already start to have a pretty good idea of the kind of thing that you need to do to improve the safety of your own home. Many of these preventative measures are incredibly easy and simple to carry out, and you might find yourself wondering why you haven’t done them sooner. Some others might be less obvious, and you could be glad to hear of them to help keep yourself - and your family - as safe as possible in the future. Let’s look at some of the most powerful and effective of these preventative measures now.

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First up, you should make sure that you are fully aware of whatever problems you might have in the home, and of what you might need to do in a general, top-down sense to improve the safety and security of the home in general. One great way to get this kind of general overview of your home is to get a security audit of your apartment or house, which will detail for you exactly what you need to do and where your home is likely to be vulnerable. This is one of the most useful things you can do, and it is certainly worth thinking about before you even attempt to make any other big changes.

There’s also a growing industry for those looking for further security measures, and that is the industry of home automation. Home automation covers more than just security - it provides entertainment, climate control and more - but for security purposes, this is a great way to feel totally safe, particularly when you are home alone. Automating your home security means being able to lock your doors, and use access control gates and windows using an app from your phone or a similar device. Instead of doing these things manually and worrying that you’ve forgotten something, your device will ensure that your home is locked and secure no matter what. You can also use home automation software to allow people access to your home, including using CCTV on your doorstep, so you never have to answer the door to someone you aren’t sure of.

Beyond that, it is often a case of applying some common sense. You should, of course, make a point not to make it easy for anyone to get into your home. That means not advertising belongings, as we have seen already, and not doing anything that means it is easier to get into your home in the first place - such as leaving windows and doors open unguarded, or allowing a broken latch or window to stay that way for too long. 

You should also think about making yourself a part of the local neighbourhood - the research suggests that those who are a big part of their local area are less likely to be targeted for such purposes so this could be a great approach to have to your own home safety.

When it comes to trying to keep safe in the home in other ways, you should make sure that you have a good system in place should a fire break out. Knowing where you will go and so on can ensure that you survive in such a drastic circumstance. But most importantly, you should make a point of doing whatever you can to limit the likelihood of a fire breaking out

You can do this by only using electricals that are in good working order, and knowing how to spot something that isn’t. You can also ensure that your fire and smoke alarms are installed and check they are working regularly. And you might want to invest in a small home fire extinguisher, which could be enough to even save your life one day.