How to Secure Your Home This Winter

Published November 19th, 2014 | By

It’s only November, but arctic temperatures are already gripping much of the nation. It’s during this time of year—when evenings are darker earlier, many need money for the holidays, and houses are left empty during vacations—that home break-ins also have a tendency to peak.


When unpredictable winter weather strikes and energetic children are forced inside, insurance claims rise as well. With so many facets to consider, where should your family start? winter home


For a fully secure home, inside and out, consider these winter weather tips from Choose Home Security:


Safeguarding against burglary


Most burglars are looking for an easy target, an easy entrance, and an easy exit. When no one is home, it’s dark, and the house is lacking a security system, little remains in the way. What can you do?


Secure your home: If your home  is not protected by a security system, consider getting one installed. This remains your best protection against break-ins. ADT is the country’s leading home security provider, and Choose Home Security offers some of the lowest rates on the market.


Lock doors and windows: It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many homes are broken in through unlocked doors and windows. Before leaving for the holidays, check each carefully.


Don’t hide your keys: Concealing keys outside the home is never safe—burglars know where to look! Instead, give a spare key to a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor. Ask them to occasionally check on your home while you’re away.


Consider a safe: If you have particularly important or expensive possessions, consider investing in a high-quality safe to be well hidden within your home.


Use a few timers: Instead of leaving one light on for the entirety of your trip, invest in timers that can be synced to various lights in your house. Schedule them to turn on and off at reasonable hours of the day and night.


Shed some light: Burglars work best in darkness, so make use of security lighting by installing bulbs that strategically shine outside entranceways and hallways.


Preventing weather damage


Rain, ice, snow, and wind can all be equally harmful on a house. Here are key ways to protect yours as the temperatures drop.


Avoid frost: Though turning your heat off saves money, it’s important that you leave your heat on low even when you head out of town so as not to return home to frozen—or busted—pipes.


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Check the roof: As wind, rain, and snow amps up, so does the opportunity for damaged tiles to go flying. Before the end of the year, scan your roof for loose ones, or have a professional take a look for you.


Clear the drains: Get rid of leaves, twigs, and other debris in your gutters. Combined with snow and ice, this can cause trouble.


Do a clean sweep of the garden: Do you have loose items like patio furniture, pots, or tools laying outside? In a storm, these could be tossed around, break, and/or damage your property.


Service the boiler: Having your boiler serviced annually prevents problems in the middle of harsh conditions.


Ensuring safety from within


If you have children, they’ll be coming inside earlier as winter approaches. With all of that energy, accidents are bound to happen, but here are a few ways to ward them off.


Clear clutter: Whether your children are younger or older, consider finding a safe, lockable place to store DVD players, game units, and any other devices you’d prefer not to have laying around.


Secure cables: Electronic cords and rambunctious children can be a disaster in the making. Protect everyone in your home, and your devices, by securing any cables left out in the open.


Reign in the games: This is true for Wii in particular: If your children are preparing to play a game, make sure a cleared, designated space is available without breakable objects nearby.


Regroup: If your children love to be outdoors but can’t, consider researching afterschool clubs or activities where they can burn off some energy and meet new friends along the way.


For protection this winter, first start with the basics. Call today to learn more about Choose Home Security’s packages from ADT.






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