When it comes to home safety, do you know what to do? Do you know how to defend your castle and family? Your answer is probably going to be yes, as with most Americans, when in fact the majority of us do not. We always think that it is going to happen to someone else or “not in my neighborhood”. All homes need to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area and garage. Fires know no boundaries and will occur any where the conditions are right, but for the most part they seem to start in the kitchen and the garage the most. You also need to read the instructions on how to properly use the extinguisher in case of need, plus always check the expiration date on the unit to keep one fresh at all times. Mount the extinguisher in an accessible area in case of need.
What if there is a fire inside your home. Does your family know where to go or what to do? Always have a plan A, B and C so to speak in case something like this were to occur.
Just the other day a friend at work who lives in a highly sought after neighborhood had their house broken into in broad day light. They were devastated. Their first words were “I can’t believe this happened to me”. The hard truth is, it did.
To protect yourself and your family, you must approach home safety with the mindset of , if I was to lock my keys in the house how would I get inside. This will force you discover the many different ways there are to get into your home. Take the proper measures to limit the possible entry points in your home. If you can think of it, so can a thief or someone who has other intentions in mind. One thing that seems to be happening more and more is that, thieves are targeting families that leave their garage door open during the day or forget to close it in the evening. Most people do not lock their door from the garage to the house giving crime an easy way in. Anything you may have of value inside you unlocked car in your garage or laying on the workbench can be very tempting to someone with bad intentions. Just to add more uncertainty to the matter, what if on the day you were vandalized, you left your wallet or purse inside the unlocked vehicle. Now you have to deal with the problem of identity theft, stolen credit cards, debit cards, social security numbers and drained checking and savings accounts. So close your garage doors when you are not out there.
Then there is the scenario of what if I am home when someone breaks in? Do you and your family have a plan? Have you discussed this with the family? The family should all know what to do in every situation that you discuss. The depth at which you plan to defend your castle and family is up to you. Don’t be one of the average Americans that say “ how could this happen to me”. Be proactive not reactive.