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ADT Security Safety Tips

20 Tips for Home Safety and Security

In addition to your ADT monitored home security system, there are steps you can take to protect what matters most to you from burglary, fire, and intrusion. Below are some basic tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

General Home Safety and Security

  1. If out of the house for an extended period of time, create the illusion that someone may still be home. Leave a TV or stereo on in the room where an unwanted intruder would most likely break in. Use exterior lighting and motion detectors to minimize burglar concealment. Have a neighbor or friend collect your newspaper and mail.
  2. Make sure all exterior doors have good proper locks such as a 1-inch deadbolt lock, if not install a 1-inch deadbolt to all exterior doors.
  3. Do not leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants, or any other obvious outdoor location. Burglars will find them. Instead find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
  4. Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. Prior to installing a pipe ensure the track length and pipe are the same lengths.
  5. If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it.
  6. Don't advertise the items in your home. Keep drapes and blinds shut - especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment.
  7. All valuables like cash, jewelry, or personal identification documents must be kept in a safe or safety deposit box instead of leaving them lying around the home.
  8. Don't leave notes on the door for service people or family members. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
  9. If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.
  10. Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective -- burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate for a house pet.

Home Fire Safety

  1. When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
  2. Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended or place candles too close to some combustible material.
  3. Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.
  4. Don't leave hot irons, or burning stovetops and outdoor grills unattended while in use. Double-check that you've turned them off after use.
  5. Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation in your yard or areas near your home. Make sure the lid stays on your trash can, and store firewood and other combustibles away from your home.
  6. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization and photoelectric-type smoke alarms, these detect flame and smoky fires. Place them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Swap in new batteries once a year.
  7. Have an unobstructed exit path in case of a fire. Don't have deadbolts that lock with an inside key. A missing key could trap you inside. Also, do not nail windows shut, make sure they open easily, and avoid installing security bars.
  8. Make a fire escape plan for your family. Instruct all family members that in case of a fire they are to leave immediately and not waste time saving property. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect - hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.
  9. Be sure your street address is visibly posted so that firefighters can identify your home in the event of an emergency.
  10. Frayed wires and incorrectly monitored electrical appliances can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately. Use electrical extension cords wisely and don't overload them. Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen. Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.

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