It can be difficult to prepare for the unexpected, especially when it comes to your home. From burglaries and fires to home repairs, there are plenty of reasons to worry about the safety of your home and family. We’ve put together some top safety tips you can follow to help give you peace of mind.
Invest in a security system
From basic CCTV cameras or dummy devices, to smart systems that can program alarms and access footage from your smartphone, there is plenty to choose from that can help protect your home and family.
Remember to display all stickers included with your security system, which can be a big deterrent for potential intruders.
Have a fire safety plan
When was the last time you tested your smoke alarm? Test your alarm at least once a month and have a plan on hand to practice with your family in the event of a fire.
Go through your house and identify any hazards that may harm you or your family. Loose wires or carpets can cause trips, or cause fires if not looked after properly. Try to resolve these issues to reduce the risk of accidents happening.
Make your house look occupied when away
As simple as leaving your shoes by the front door or leaving a light on, making your home look occupied when you’re away is a good deterrent for burglars. You can also invest in timers that can turn on lights at different times of the day, so it looks like someone is in the house.
Don’t share social media updates when away from home
It sounds obvious, but posting publicly online when you are on holiday or away from your home is the perfect incentive for burglars, and may make your home insurance policy irrelevant should your home be targeted. Wait until you get home to share your holiday snaps online, and check your privacy settings on your social media platforms to make sure you have no unwanted viewers.
Get to know your neighbours
Having neighbours that you can rely on means that you’ve got extra security if you’re not home. They can keep an eye out for unusual activity and if they’re really friendly, can even help put the bins out or check on your house if you’re not home for an extended period.
Keep bushes and trees trimmed around your house
Minimise the opportunity for intruders to hide outside your home by keeping any trees and bushes trimmed for your safety.
Protect against the unexpected
Take out a home insurance policy to protect the things that are important to you should the unexpected happen. We’re partnered with Uinsure to offer you their award-winning home insurance product to help you protect the things you love. You can tailor your policy to suit your needs and choose buildings insurance, contents insurance or both. Find out more about taking out a home insurance policy with the Marsden here.