Homeowners are always on the lookout for better ways to improve their home’s safety. This doesn’t mean having a home safety checklist just to keep burglars out; it also means protecting loved ones from potential safety hazards that can happen in your home.
In this article, we’ll explore some smart ways to keep your home safe and protected. But before we do, here’s a simple home safety checklist that every home should include:
Essential Safety Devices for Your Home
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that homeowners change the batteries in their smoke detectors every 6 months and also perform a test of their detectors each month to ensure they’re working properly.
In addition, remember to regularly change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector every 6 months, as well. And be sure you (and your family) are familiar with what they sound like when they go off, as it will be different from a fire alarm and it’s best to be prepared.
Most of us are familiar with those basic, yet essential, home safety gadgets, but it’s always good to remind ourselves that the more we monitor and check these devices, the more in control we are of our home’s safety.
Next, let’s explore a few new safety gadgets for the home that can keep you and your family safe.
Most homes, especially ones older than 10 years, feature mechanical door locks, particularly single-cylinder deadbolts that make it easier for burglars to gain access inside our homes. If your home has glass windows surrounding the doorframe, for example, someone can easily break the glass, reach inside, unlock the deadbolt, and walk right inside.
So, it’s not surprising that double-cylinder locks, which were mostly used in offices and buildings, are now a popular commodity among homeowners. Now with new advances in technology, you can have the benefits of a double-cylinder deadbolt to protect your home, with the added perk of accessing it from your smart device.
Smart locks are becoming more popular in homes, rental homes, and vacation homes across the country. They allow you to program a pin, or even a thumbprint, to gain access in and out of your home. You can also change or manage which pins are only given “temporary” access, such as for a house sitter or babysitter.
Aside from home safety, smart locks give us peace of mind, too. Imagine leaving for work in a rush and spending the rest of the day wondering if you remembered to lock the back door. With a smart lock, you simply take out your smartphone and check to see if it’s locked (or lock it if you did forget).
When an unexpected guest arrives, you can now check to see who’s on your doorstep right from your smartphone, whether you’re at home or at the office.
With many of us still working from home, and the kids getting ready for summer vacation, this is a great safety gadget to add to your home safety checklist.
Many WiFi doorbell cameras include microphones, which allows you to correspond with an individual on the other ends. This is helpful if you’re away at work and your kids are at home. It’s an added safety feature and a great way for the kids to feel safe, as they know mom and dad are watching the front door while they play.
Getting a little away from your smart technology options, this home safety feature is starting to gain traction among new home construction. When you hear “tinted”, you might picture a car with darkened windows, but home design experts have taken this concept and added some style and functionality to it.
For example, homeowners can choose to install frosted tinted glass for an elegant look that still allows sunlight to enter but keeps your home more private from onlookers. Tinted window glass is available in many different options and materials. In fact, you can choose tinted glass that helps block UV rays in rooms that receive too much sunlight during the day.
Now, let’s add some of that smart technology into the mix: smart tinted glass. Right from your smartphone, you can control the level of dimness for added privacy of your home, which is helpful when you’re away. The best part is though no one can see inside the home, you can look out and see your home’s surroundings.
If you’re planning to build a house and safety is a top priority, Stonegate Builders can help! We’ll work with you to discuss your goals and design your home to complement your style and accommodates your family’s growing needs.
To get started, request a consultation with our team! Or if you’re in the market for a new home, explore our stunning collection of move-in ready options that always pair style with functionality and safety!