Owning a home is a privilege that’s a core aspect of the American Dream. However, there’s many safety and security concerns that we, the residential lock installation and residential security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths are deeply familiar with. Here’s a guide to the most common safety and security concerns associated with owning a home in America today.
A concern for homeowners since the first caveman made the first spark, fires can cause devastating and deadly damages to homes and families in a matter of minutes. In the United States, fire response personnel respond to a residential fire nearly every 86 seconds. Home fires can be dangerous - and the damage they cause can be incredibly expensive to repair. In order to prevent fires, make sure to install smoke detectors and monitored fire alarms in your home. A working smoke detector can save lives - and good ones automatically connect emergency authorities when they are activated, ensuring that help will be on the way as soon as possible.
Environmental damages like floods or gas leaks can severely and dangerously impact your home or family. Sometimes water pipes burst, causing flooding that can destroy thousands dollars worth of your belongings. A carbon monoxide leak, when undetected, can cause severe health hazards. Make sure to install carbon monoxide detectors that can sound a piercingly loud alarm when the dangerous and deadly gas is detected allowing you and anybody in the house to quickly evacuate. Low temperature sensors can alert you when temperatures inside the home are cold enough to potentially cause water pipes to break, and water leak sensors can automatically alert you when water accumulation caused by water pipe damage, loose pipes, shoddy draining, or flooding (if it’s already occurred) - ideally allowing you to potentially eliminate the risk of floods before they do occur.
Burglary and Break Ins
It’s estimated that nearly 1,401,840 burglaries occur yearly in the United States. Break ins and burglaries have become serious concerns for homeowners throughout the country. Make sure to install a burglar alarm that has a simple to operate control panel, mobile options that alert you when criminal activity is detected even when you’re not home, monitoring that automatically notifies authorities when break ins occur, motion detectors that can sound an alarm when glass is broken or windows are opened in the middle of the night, and wireless (Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) capabilities that allow for remote control of your alarm system. Some additional home security burglary prevention options include smart lights that make it seem like someone is home, and surveillance cameras that allow you to monitor the premises of your property for any suspicious or criminal activity.