Home safety shouldn’t be taken for granted. Improving your home’s security by installing necessary upgrades is important to keeping you and your family out of harm’s way.

Not all safety upgrades need to be major, but even seemingly minor details could become a security issue. Consider putting together a checklist of items to inspect yearly, or as recommended by a professional.

Security systems

Security cameras are a good way to ward off intruders, however, they are only part of your home’s overall security. Well-lit homes help deter intruders, so think about installing outside lights or checking that the existing ones are working. Consider upgrading to a smart home system that includes hardwired alarms, cameras, and sensors, which can provide even more security and protection.

Doors, locks, and windows

Are all your doors, locks, and windows in working order? Installation of a tamperproof, smart deadbolt is also considered to be one of the best options for home automation and security to keep intruders out.

Fire safety

The US Fire Administration recommends testing smoke alarms monthly, changing the batteries once or twice a year, and replacing alarms older than ten years. Upgrading to a hardwired alarm system will instantly connect you to the fire department if the alarm is sounded. If you live in a multi-story home, keep a fire ladder easily accessible on the upper floors. Having an exit plan in place will help you and your family escape in the event of a house fire.


Following these tips can help prevent your child from getting into a dangerous situation at home:

  1. Install child-safe stove handles and hot water valves to prevent burns.
  2. Keep cleaning supplies and medications locked away in an out-of-reach cabinet or drawer.
  3. Make sure your stove and television are on a secure surface to prevent them from toppling over.
  4. Install safety gates both at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent falling and sustaining head or other bodily injuries.

Fortunately, most home safety upgrades are easy to do yourself and relatively affordable. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home to determine whether any improvements are needed, and implement these tips to keep your home safe and sound.