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New Home Safety Measures

18th April 2017

So you have moved into your new property and the removal company has finished dropping off the last of the boxes. You are thinking of turning in for the night and putting the children to bed. Of course, in a new property there's always the matter of safety to consider. As a final step before you turn in for the night there are a number of new home safety measures you can enact to ensure that you and your best beloved are not put into any danger.

Check Locks on Doors and Windows

One of the first things you should do after you have moved into your new home is to check that all the locks on the doors and windows open, close and lock properly. Look through all the keys and place the spares in the same place so that they can easily be found if you should misplace or lose a key.

Make a Before Bedtime Check Schedule

If you are often opening windows in the kitchen and bathroom then it may be a good idea to create a checking schedule where you go round all the windows and doors on the ground floor of your property and ensure these are properly shut. Although a determined burglar will be able to get past most security features given enough time, modern locking systems are enough of a deterrent to make any potential intruder think twice and look for an easier option.

Test Alarms Systems

Does your property have alarm systems? From simple smoke alarms through to sophisticate burglar and intruder countermeasures these should all have basic test functions that allow you to check that the technology is working properly. In recent years CO2 meters have become increasingly popular and many of these work with a mobile phone Bluetooth application that can be used to check the status of the alarm.

Establish a Fire Emergency Procedure

It is a good idea to establish an emergency evacuation procedure to clear out your house in the event of a fire. Leave the keys in a special place in children's rooms so that they can open the windows if these are kept locked. Equally have a front door key concealed near the front door to allow people to escape a burning building. By accounting for all possible contingencies in an emergency situation you can stop the unthinkable from happening.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list and there may be some other checks that you can put in place to ensure that your property is as safe as possible when