Springtime: the weather is getting warmer, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and our homes are in desperate need of a good cleaning. While you’re sweeping up the dust and washing the windows, don’t forget about your home security. Keeping your home safe and secure requires regular maintenance, just like any other part of your home. Here’s a comprehensive home security spring cleaning checklist to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your home secure.
1. Check Locks on Windows and Doors
Secure Your Doors and Windows Check the locks on all your doors and windows to make sure they’re working properly. If you have any broken locks or windows, get them repaired as soon as possible. You may also want to consider installing contacts on your doors and windows to strengthen your home security system.
2. Trim Your Hedges and Trees
Overgrown hedges and trees can provide cover for burglars. Keep them trimmed back to eliminate any hiding spots. It will also leave your yard looking amazing as hot weather approaches.
3. Update Emergency Contacts and Check In With Your Key-Holder
Make sure your personal emergency contacts are up to date and check in with your key-holders to ensure they remember the key-holder protocols. If you’ve recently moved or changed phone numbers, be sure to let these contacts know.
4. Develop an Emergency Safety Plan
Develop a safety plan with your family in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency situation.
5. Check Cameras for Obstructions
It’s easy for something to get in the way of a camera’s view, especially when tidying around indoor cameras. It’s a good practice to ensure every camera has a clear view of its intended area. For hard-to-reach cameras, this process is easier than ever: simply log into your Alarm.com app to view your camera’s perspective.
6. Replace the Batteries of Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
That’s right, it’s time to replace your smoke and carbon monoxide detector battery as per the recommendation of the Canadian National Fire Code to replace batteries at least once annually. With Power-G smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, this replacement is even easier with safety indicators that give you notice prior to a required battery change. Take the opportunity to ensure you have even detection in every area of your home.
Planning to take advantage of the season with a road or camping trip? Monitored detectors go the extra mile to protect your home while you’re away.
7. Inspect Outdoor Lighting
Adequate lighting around your home can deter burglars by making it more difficult for them to remain unseen. Take a walk around your property and check all outdoor lights to ensure they are working and positioned to illuminate areas of potential entry. Motion-sensor lights can also be a great addition to your home’s security system.
By following this comprehensive home security spring cleaning checklist, you can ensure that your home is safe and secure for the coming months. Remember, home security is an ongoing process, so make sure to keep up with regular maintenance and updates to keep your home safe all year round.