A good spring-cleaning makes you feel energized, refreshed and ready to start the season off right.
And, proper upkeep and maintenance also plays a crucial role in your home’s security. As you stock up on cleaning supplies, and hit the broom and dust buster, do so safely.
In this post, we offer tips on how to clean, decorate and landscape with security in mind.
While cleaning supplies are great at removing the dirt and grime, they can also be extremely hazardous if used incorrectly or accidentally consumed.
- Never leave cleaning supplies left open and unattended.
- Store leftover cleaning supplies away from children, in a high-up or locked cabinet.
- Keep all supplies in their original containers with labels. Read the directions to make sure they are used and stored in the intended way.
- Consider placing monitoring sensors on your cleaning supply cabinet so that you’re immediately alerted if it’s accessed in a way it shouldn’t be.
Tip: As you clean your home, it’s also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector and security system to ensure ultimate reliability.
A clean home often presents the opportunity to redecorate. Whether it’s rearranging a few couches or a complete makeover, keep security top of mind with these tips:
- Consider locking expensive vases, glassware and other items within cabinets, instead of leaving them unsecured on a table or dresser.
- Choose the right window coverings. Be cognizant of what can be seen from the streets, and keep valuables out of plain sight.
- Make sure furniture changes don’t interfere with your security system. Double check that cameras aren’t blocked or sensors won’t be accidentally triggered. If extreme changes are made to the layout of your home, consider bringing in a security expert to reassess your security system setup.
- If new, large purchases are made, dispose of trash properly. TV, gaming system, electronics and new furniture boxes left on your curb could make your home a target for burglars. Break down all boxes and conceal them within garbage bags or trash bins instead of leaving them out in the open.
Don’t limit your spring-cleaning to the interior; freshen up your yard too. Some ideas and pointers to get you started include:
- Don’t plant large bushes or shrubs close to the home, especially around windows or doors. They present good hiding places for potential burglars.
- Change the bulbs in your garage and outdoor lights, and consider installing motion sensors to alert you of activity and scare off intruders.
- Add small lights to your garden as a way to further light up your home at night, while making your flowerbeds appear larger.
- Plant bushes with thorns around your home. Think rosebushes, which are beautiful, yet uninviting.
- Properly store sharp objects, such as bush and tree trimming tools, away from children.