If you’re anything like me, you value your children’s safety above all else. Unfortunately, we can’t all work our schedules around our children’s school and extracurricular schedules to make sure we’re always home when they are. You will never know real terror until your home is broken into and you realize you haven’t provided your children with a safe and secure environment. Your home can never be too secure, and if you can’t afford to install a security system that you pay for monthly, there are other options available to bring another sense of security to you and your loved ones. Here are a few ideas on how you can ensure your kids’ safety at home.
This may seem basic, but your door locks are one of the easiest home security improvements you can make to your home. If you don’t have deadbolt locks on your exterior doors, install them. These locks provide you with greater protection, are thicker and longer than traditional door locks, and can withstand more pressure than a door handle lock. When you’re buying a lock, there are many things to consider, but a general rule of thumb is, “You get what you pay for.”
A single-cylinder lock uses a key on the one side, with a hand knob on the other, while a double-cylinder lock requires a key to lock and unlock it from either side. Double-cylinder locks, while secure, can pose a safety hazard. Other home security door locks combine the deadbolt with a lockset, which often look more secure than a standard single-cylinder lock. Whichever style of lock you prefer to keep you and your family safe, research your options and find the one with the highest safety rating.
Another security measure you can take is to install a security camera system so you can record everyone who comes close to your home. Security cameras are much less expensive than most realize, and they prove a great security blanket. Even if you were to only install cameras that recorded outside of your exterior doors, you will know exactly who is trying to enter your home.
Many security camera systems allow you to stream your camera’s feed to your personal computer or laptop, so you won’t have to purchase an additional monitor to view your feed. When paired with automatic security lights, you’ll scare most would-be burglars off, and will have them caught on camera should they try to break into your home.
Aside from being a smart home improvement upgrade, replacing your home’s windows (specifically the first floor’s windows) will make your home even more secure. Many burglars use your windows as their point of entry. Aside from installing new windows that will increase ventilation and natural light in your home, you can also install a lock system to provide a second line of defense against would-be robbers.
While there are hundreds of measures you can take to make your home safer for your children, the measures you choose to implore ultimately come down to cost. Even if you have a minimal budget for home security, take the time to research your options. You can make your home safer for your family without breaking the bank, and they’ll thank you for providing them with a safe haven.
Rachael Jones is a blogger for DIYMother.
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