Owning a home is something many people dream of. It’s been a fundamental aspect of the American Dream for years. If you’re one of the millions of people who own a home in the U.S., you know it’s a major investment that you need to protect. In fact, the average cost to buy a home in the U.S. is upwards of $200,000.

Below, we list three common homeowner concerns and how you can use home security solutions to protect against them.

1. Fires

Fire departments in the U.S. respond to a home fire every 86 seconds. Not only are house fires life threatening, they are also very expensive.

To prevent a fire from destroying your home, install smoke detectors and monitored fire alarms. Reliable, accurate smoke detectors can save valuable seconds in the event of a fire and a monitoring service will immediately dispatch emergency services, even when you’re not home.

2. Environmental Hazards

Environmental hazards, such as floods or carbon monoxide leaks, can have a big impact on your property. A water pipe can burst and destroy your valuable belongings, while a carbon monoxide leak can create health and safety hazards. These threats often go undiscovered. For this reason, your home needs accurate detection. Consider installing:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors to warn you when the deadly gas is detected and allow you and your family to quickly evacuate.
  • Low temperature sensors in areas of your home where water pipes are present. If the temperature drops below 45 degrees, your sensors will alert you and monitoring center operators of a potential threat.
  • Water leak sensors alert you when there is an accumulation of water caused by damaged water pipes, loose pipe connections, poor drainage or flooding. If excessive water levels are detected, an alarm is triggered immediately.

3. Break-Ins

Approximately 1,401,840 burglaries occurred in the U.S. during 2017. Although this is a 7.6 percent decrease from 2016, break-ins are still a major concern for homeowners. To avoid becoming a crime statistic, implement a burglar alarm solution that includes the following features:

Homes without an alarm are 300 percent more likely to be burglarized. For even more protection against break-ins, consider installing:

  • Image sensors near windows and doors. If activity is detected, notifications and a still image will be sent to you.
  • Smart lights that can be programmed. This makes it appear as if someone is active in your home, turning lights on and off.
  • Surveillance cameras to see what’s happening inside and outside of your home.

Incorporate the above security solutions to protect your home against these common threats and always contact your security vendor for proper installation.