Spring Cleaning your Home Security: A Handy Checklist
Spring is already here which means that most of you are planning your annual spring cleaning as the weather is warming up and summer is just around the corner.
Annual spring cleaning could prove an excellent opportunity for you to perform a thorough security audit of your premises and make sure that you have taken all the necessary security measures to effectively and efficiently protect your property.
Spring Cleaning Your Home Security
It’s not unusual that after an indoors and outdoors security audit, you may discover that your home is not adequately protected and that certain areas could be lacking in terms of the necessary intruder countermeasures.
Security Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks for Improving Your Home Safety
Below, you will find a handy checklist with three actionable security audit checks that will help identify potential security risks.
Ensure the Proper Operation of Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors
Fires, where a smoke alarm was not present, accounted for 28% of all dwelling fires and 33% of all dwelling fire fatalities in 2015/16 which means that a high number of fires go unnoticed until it’s too late because of the lack of properly operating smoke detectors and/or fire alarms.
Ensure that every major area in your house is equipped with a smoke detector and that they are in close proximity to every bedroom and all other sleeping areas. Furthermore, make sure that all floors of your house are equipped with at least one smoke detector that covers all the areas that could pose a fire hazard.
Don’t forget that smoke detectors require batteries to function so you need to make sure that they are being replaced at least once per year and that you always have a spare set readily available.
Banham offers a wide range of fire safety systems from fire alarms to fire extinguishers both for commercial and residential properties.
Our fire safety specialists can also undertake the annual inspection and maintenance of your Banham fire safety system thus ensuring that everything’s in excellent working order. This way, you may avoid all the hassle and the risks that are associated with checking the system yourself. An annual maintenance and service contract for your system will also help in reducing your home insurance premiums. Contact our security specialists today on 020 7622 5151 to book a free onsite survey or to enquire for fire safety related advice.
Secure your Windows with Quality Window Locks & Window Bars
There is no doubt that a lot of spring cleaning will take place around the garden and outdoors which means that this a great opportunity to assess the security of your windows – one of the main entry points of burglars and one of the least protected areas of houses all around the UK. Add to this the fact that homeowners often leave their windows ajar or unlocked when they are not at home, the chances of a potential break-in increase even more.
Since windows are the most fragile security layer of any property, it is in your best interest to ensure all windows are effectively protected.
Don’t forget that most window locks are placed somewhere in the middle of the frame which means that the burglar will be able to jiggle and force the window open with little effort.
Banham metal window locks on the other hand, are fitted in such a way that it is extremely difficult to force the window open and it may only be locked shut when in the closed position.
Locks are not the only available security measure for windows. If you want to achieve the highest level of security available, then a set of steel grilles or gates will go a long way to realising that. Being able to order the RAL colour of your choice and one among the various different designs we offer, your new window bars will blend in with the rest of the architectural design and add a designer finish note to the exterior of your property.
Finally, it’s a good idea to check if the most vulnerable windows are fitted with a type of vibration sensor that is connected to your main intruder alarm system.
Home CCTV Security Systems to Deter Burglars
Outdoors security spring cleaning is not yet complete without the proper maintenance of all your surveillance cameras. Make sure that your CCTV surveillance system and all connected cameras are operating without any issues and that the security footage can be safely recorded and saved for future use. Furthermore, move anything that might be within the direct view of the cameras, especially foliage. Apart from these simple checks, it is highly advised to have your system checked annually by an accredited professional. Contact your security services provider and book an engineer’s appointment today.
In case you do not have a CCTV security system installed, now could be a great opportunity to consider the potential benefits as CCTV surveillance systems are one of the best methods to deter opportunist burglars. Furthermore, Banham CCTV systems are generally designed to record on motion detection only and only when the motion detection field within your premises is activated which gives you high levels of control over the security of your property and ensures that no public areas are being recorded which is in align with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
Performing a security audit while doing your annual spring cleaning is always an advisable tactic. The safety and well-being of your family and the security of your home are of paramount importance. Much like your house, your security needs to be in great shape and a spring cleaning security audit will yield the desired results.