What if taking a few extra seconds each day meant the difference between protecting your home and risking the safety of your family and belongings? Think for a second about everything you are currently doing to maintain a secure home, is it enough? Could you be doing more to ensure the safety of your home and those who live in it? Often times homeowners think that it might be too costly or time consuming to take certain precautions when enforcing safety measures at home. However, we’ve collected ten no-fuss tips for creating a safer home environment that won’t take up too much time and are relatively simple to implement.

1. Add a home security system:In the long run, having a home security system will more than pay for itself, often times coming out to just over a dollar each day (depending on the plan). Plus you can lower your homeowner’s insurance premium by up to 20% once a system is installed. You really can’t put a price on your family’s safety, or being able to watch Sunday Night Football on your plasma TV for that matter.

2. Use technology to manage a smarter, safer home: If you haven’t heard about the ADT Pulseâ„¢, it’s an easy way to manage a smart, safe home through your iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, tablet and laptop among other compatible devices. From turning on/off lights and other utilities to arming/disarming your home security system this free mobile app just about does it all including getting dinner started in the crockpot. Â

3. Think twice about your status updates: Social media isn’t just for the kids anymore, with more parents jumping on Facebook and Twitter to see what their kids are up to and forming relationships of their own. Before you let all of your Facebook and Twitter “friends” know that you’re out of town for the weekend at let all of the social media privacy rules go out the window, think about what kind of a security risk that puts your home at. You might as well stick a sign in the front yard that says “No one’s home – have at it!”

4. Monitor what’s being thrown away: What you think is junk mail or trash can easily be a dumpster diver’s treasure. There may be things that you carelessly toss in the garbage bin that has personal information on it including your name, address, phone numbers and sometimes account information, all of which can be used against use as identity theft. Do yourself a favor and shred anything with personal, financial or work-related information on it before it goes in the trash.

5. Travel smarter: Just like you shouldn’t announce to the world on Facebook that you’re going away on vacation or a business trip, you should also think about things around your home that could tip outsiders off that you’re not around. Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspaper each day you’re gone or simply put a hold on it through the Post Office. Set timers on your lights throughout your home to confuse people as to whether or not someone is inside.

6. Use your neighbors’ help: Make sure that if you’re neighborhood is not part of a Neighborhood Watch program that you at least enlist a few of the trustworthy residents who live around you to keep a watchful eye on your home whether your family is there or not. Have them keep an eye out for unusual activity or unfamiliar people and cars in the area.

7. Regularly check smoke and CO alarm monitors: Smoke alarms can’t do their job if you don’t test them about once a month or so to see that the batteries are working and functioning properly. The same thing goes for Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home. Watch the video in this article for more information on safely checking your smoke alarms.

8. Keep everything well lit inside and out:Be sure that your outsidoor lights have sensors on them to light up when they detect motion outside your home. You want to keep walkways and surrounding areas well lit so that not only you can see who’s visiting at your door, but it might also help a neighbor catch any unsuspecting activity outdoors.

9. Lock it up: Even if you’re just running down the street to talk with a neighbor and you figure you’ll leave any door open for a few minutes, it can actually be a great opportunity for someone to quickly sneak in to your home and do some damage. Always lock all doors, including sliding doors and every window. The same thing goes for remembering to arm and disarm your security system – because it can only work when you have it on.

10. Make keys under the mat disappear: Sometimes we have a habit of leaving keys for the kids or neighbors underneath the mat at the front door or on a potted plant, under a table…you name it. If you can think of a place to hide a key, chances are a home intruder can figure out where that not-so-good hiding spot is too. Use the ADT Pulse to disarm your home security system when you know what time someone will be entering the home when you’re not there, you can also be sure to give your spare keys to a select few trusted family members and close friends, no more than

Below, you’ll find a video of a firefighter who will instruct you how to perform a monthly smoke detector test, to be sure that your smoke alarms are working properly (tip #7). Feel free to share this article with your friends and family through Facebook and Twitter and hopefully this article has helped to put safety measures in perspective as well as a priority in your daily routine. To compare home security systems in order to find the best deals in your local area, visit Connect Your Home online or call 888-566-3979. Can you think of any other safety tips to add to our list? Is your family practicing most, some or none of these safety measures?

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