Spring Has Sprung – Now Here’s How to Keep Your Home Safe
Spring has sprung and it’s a great time to double check your home’s security. Even regular maintenance can help protect your home this spring. Here are a few tasks to add to your spring to-do list:
Change Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
During your spring cleanup, it’s important to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. It’s essential to properly maintain these life saving devices. A quick test is also a way to ensure they’re working properly and will alert you in case of danger.
Clean Out Dryer Lint Vent
Some people believe this is a wives tale, but fires really can start because of build-up in dryer lint vents. At the very least, a lint build-up can cause your dryer to operate less efficiently and put a higher strain on your electric bill. Check the dryer vent pipe from start to finish to ensure there’s a clear, lint-free path.
Trim Your Hedges
Burglars are always looking for ways into homes. They prefer houses with overgrown hedges and bushes around them because it provides cover from neighbors and people passing by on the street. Unruly hedges can also signal that no one is home. By trimming down your hedges in the spring, you can maintain clear vantage points and keep burglars away.
Check Your HVAC and AC Systems
Spring is a good time to assess your AC and HVAC units. You don’t want to wait until summer to experience downtime because of a system malfunction. Can you imagine your AC being broken during the sweltering summer months? To avoid that, check to make sure everything is in proper working order during the spring. Replacing filters in the AC or HVAC units is also good practice in the spring.
Reclaim Your Yard
During the spring, you’ll also want to tidy up your yard. Prune your landscaping, mow your lawn and remove unstable trees. A tidy landscaping signifies that a home is well maintained and someone is probably home. If you go weeks without conducting proper maintenance, a burglar might think you are away and try to break in. It’s also a good time to inspect driveways and sidewalks to see if anything needs to be repaired. You don’t want a tripping hazard that can lead to a lawsuit.
Lock Your Doors & Windows
These are the entryways into your home. It might be tempting to throw open the windows or leave screen doors open to take in the fresh spring air, but you will be making it easy for burglars to gain access. When you are leaving the house, be sure to lock all doors and windows to keep your home secure.
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