Weather, Theft, and Worse: How to Protect Your Home



Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their home. They want to come home after work and relax, to go to sleep feeling comfortable and secure. Not to sound too doom and gloom, but there is always the possibility of your home becoming the victim of safety problems. These problems can range from extreme weather to burglaries and much more. So, knowing how to protect your home is essential for anyone, no matter where you live or who lives in your home. 

If you want to ensure your house is safe and secure, you must learn the best steps to guarantee property protection. 

Common Home Safety Hazards 

It’s useful to understand the most common home safety hazards so you know which areas to prioritize. 


There’s a prevailing opinion that most homes are burgled at night while everyone’s asleep. However, while this still happens occasionally, most burglaries occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. instead. For the most part, this is because these are the times of day when people are (or were before remote working became more accepted) out of the house. Burglars can take advantage of empty homes, especially if no cars are in the driveway, and feel more comfortable scoping out properties. Since neighbors are also out, there is a smaller chance of being caught. 

Carbon Monoxide 

Carbon monoxide is considered a silent killer for a reason. It doesn’t have an odor like a gas leak does, meaning you often don’t notice an issue until it’s too late. Carbon monoxide can commonly occur if your home isn’t ventilated, especially if you smoke indoors, but other causes can affect you and your family. You could be affected by carbon monoxide while sleeping or suffer from hallucinations and memory loss if not dealt with. A carbon monoxide detector can help prevent this. 

Weather Damage 

Weather damage can cause severe damage to your property if you live somewhere extreme weather is frequent, such as strong winds, hurricanes, or heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. All of these events could damage your home, causing roof damage caused by flying debris. Sold temperatures can also cause pipes to burst if you don’t drain them before winter. 


One issue many homeowners ignore is the potential for infestations. Your home could be infested by termites or vermin, such as rats or mice, and this is usually caused by food being left out and not securing your property correctly. Multiple problems can arise from an untreated infestation. Your property’s foundations could suffer, while vermin can bring in bacteria. Furthermore, an infested house is simply not a nice place to live, so you won’t be able to sleep comfortably until you solve the problem. 

How to Protect Your Home 

Protecting your home is essential for anyone, whether you own the property or rent. These tips will highlight the best ways to keep your home safe from hazards. 

Security Systems 

Security systems are arguably the best way to protect your home from potential threats and issues. Products such as security cameras and lighting offer exceptional benefits to protect your home, and modern technology enables you to customize their features to suit your needs, including remote viewing and communication and setting times. 

Furthermore, security systems can deter potential burglars, even if your system isn’t real. While some will still try their look, many other burglars don’t want to run the risk of being caught on camera. 

Doors and Deadbolts 

You can also install a doorbell camera that can provide mild protection for your property. At the very least, you can see everyone who comes to your front door, which could be beneficial if you experience a theft later on, as the person on camera could have been scoping out your property. 

It is also worth considering upgrading your doors and locks, especially if you live in an old property. Reinforced doors are much harder to break down, while new locks can prevent previous owners (or anyone with the key) from trying to gain access. 

Home Inspections 

Homeowners can benefit from home inspections to increase security and protection before purchasing a property entirely. Most countries legally require a home inspection as it highlights potential issues the new owner should not have to deal with. This approach enables you to discover any faults within the property, especially damaged roof or structural problems. 

Knowing which areas of your home are not up to scratch enables you to request repairs before moving in, which gives you peace of mind. Of course, you can also do this yourself if you have the budget and fancy taking on a project. 

Internet Safety 

Promoting internet safety inside your home will also go a long way toward ensuring your property is safe and secure. A robust cybersecurity system is essential for protecting your bank details as well as any passwords. You should also keep this system up to date and change passwords regularly. 

Parents must educate their kids about internet safety, too, especially in the age of streaming and putting your face everywhere online. Teach your kids not to share personal information and never respond to messages from strangers online. 

Garden Care 

Although you might not be too passionate about gardening, you must focus on garden care to keep your home safe. Overgrown bushes can give burglars a convenient place to hide, while unkempt lawns are a prime spot for critters and pests to inhabit. If your kids like to play in the garden, they could suffer bites if they disturb the wildlife. 

However, it’s overwhelming to deal with your lawn if you let it grow too much. Still, working with a landscaping company can solve your problems and even help make your garden more amicable. You might even realize you want to spend more time outside once the weather clears up. 

Delicate Documents 

From your passports to your birth certificate to your signed Taylor Swift Polaroid, you have plenty of sensitive documents in your home. But what happens if your home catches fire or suffers from flooding? 

It can be inconvenient, expensive, and sometimes impossible to replace these documents, so investing in a fireproof safe can provide a solid defense against potential threats.

Neighborhood Watch 

Getting to know your neighbors is an excellent opportunity to improve your home’s security. If you’re friendly with each other, you are more likely to look out for each other. It doesn’t need to be an official neighborhood watch, but setting up a WhatsApp group to report any suspicious activity can prevent theft or criminal damage and keep everyone on alert, especially during the holidays. 


You cannot stay in your home at all times to ensure it’s safe. You need to go to work or grocery shopping. You need a break and a vacation a few times a year. So, what can you do to ensure your home is safe while you’re away? Outlining and remembering a home security checklist can cover all bases. You don’t need to go over everything every time, but making sure all doors and windows are locked and any valuables are out of sight can put your mind at ease and prevent potential break-ins. 


A safe home is a happy home, and these tips will help you ensure your property is protected from a wide range of potential threats and hazards. Although you can’t anticipate everything, you can take preventative action that gives you and your house a better chance of avoiding common issues, enabling you to sleep easily and feel comfortable in your home

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