When you move into a new home, you want to make sure that you and your family can feel safe while you’re in it. Homes are meant to be a safe haven where people can feel protected. But what measures should you take to protect yourself and your home? Take a look at these three features and devices you need to keep your home safe.

Fire Alarm

House fires are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They can pop up unexpectedly and spread incredibly fast. Did you know that a fire can spread through an entire home in just five minutes? That only gives you a few minutes to grab the fire extinguisher and call the fire department. Fire alarm systems can help prevent the spread of fires throughout the home. Smoke detectors will alert you of a fire when it’s still minor. Be sure to test the detectors every couple of months in addition to changing the batteries twice a year.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide has a reputation for being a silent, deadly killer. Unlike fires, carbon monoxide leaks don’t produce visible smoke or any kind of odor. Unless you have a carbon monoxide detector, you have no way of knowing that it’s in your home. Luckily, you can pick up carbon monoxide detectors at any local hardware store. They’re similar in size and shape to smoke detectors, and you should install one on every level of your home. Most carbon monoxide detectors are battery-powered, but some models can be plugged into an electrical outlet. If you choose a battery model, be sure to freshen up the batteries twice a year so that you know it’s working all year long.

Security System

Not all threats to your home are caused by fires or gas leaks. Some dangers come from the outside world, like would-be thieves or intruders. Fortunately, security companies have invented a number of security devices you can use to protect your home. A security system will alert you if someone tries to enter your property. From traditional alarm systems to motion-sensor lights and video monitoring, there are many options to choose from. The most cutting-edge security systems are smart systems that connect right to your phone. You can monitor the camera feed right from your phone and alert the authorities if you detect an intruder.

A secure home—and, more importantly, a safe family—is everyone’s top priority. With a few devices, you can drastically improve the safety and security of your family. Detectors are simple and affordable devices that can detect fires and carbon monoxide leaks before they create a catastrophe. Security systems add an additional layer of safety by protecting your home from intruders. Fortunately, these devices are easy to find, simple to install and relatively affordable. The investment is certainly worth the peace of mind. After all, the safety and security of your loved ones are priceless.

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