You should absolutely feel safe in your home, no matter where you live, who you are, or who is inside of your home. After all, we all need a place in this world where we can feel comfortable and like we can get away from the rest of the world.
Home safety is something that has been instilled in many of us from the time we were little, so we know all of the basic ones – make sure you lock your doors, have someone collect your mail when you will be gone for the weekend, or even not leaving candles lit when you aren’t in the room. These are common home safety tips, but they are important.
Still, living in today’s world means that you need to take care with things you may not have learned when you were a child.
If your social media profiles aren’t private, the first thing you should do is make them private. If you don’t do that, then you should curtail what you are posting. With websites like Facebook or Instagram, we tend to post the highlights of our lives quite frequently, but we are also giving potential robbers insight into our lives.
If you are posting from the beach or a European vacation, it is a hint to a potential burglar that your house is empty. If you post all about your amazing shoe collection, it is a sign that there is something worth stealing in your home.
Be careful and think about what you are posting and when you are posting it – getting a ton of likes isn’t as important as your safety. Make sure that you include everyone in this in your family – including your children, who are far more likely to overshare.
More and more people are breaking into homes to steal prescription medications – either to use or to sell on the streets. While this is something to worry about, you also want to think about the people inside of your home. Your medicine cabinet has the ability to hurt people, and you need to treat it as such.
Make sure that you know your prescriptions, how many pills you have, and have the ability to monitor it. If you have young children, make sure that your pills are out of their reach. If you have older children, you may want to keep your pills away from them as the amount of drug related deaths continues to rise.
If you take opioids or antidepressants, be careful when you dispose of your pill bottles. This is a tip for potential burglars that you have some of them inside of your home. You can take these bottles to your local recycling center, remove the sticker from the outside of the bottle, or repurpose them.
Every so often, take a few laps around the outside of your home and see if you can find a way to get inside of it. If you can, try to come up with a solution to fix that entry point before someone else sees it.
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