These days, nearly everyone has come to appreciate their home as a refuge. When you are relying on your house to take care of you, it’s important to know how to take care of it in return. In particular, there are some ways that you can protect your home from potential disaster. Here are some tips to help you keep your home and your household safe.
Check Your Utilities
Most people don’t think about their utilities on a regular basis because, when they are working well, they run in the background. But house utilities like the heating and air conditioning systems, water heater, electricity, and more, are all vital parts of keeping your home safe and comfortable. The best way that you, as a homeowner, can start taking care of your utilities is by learning about them first. Make sure that you know where the main valves and switches are for your furnace, electricity, and water so that you can shut them off in an emergency. Also, familiarize yourself with what your utilities should look like when they are working properly so that you can spot any warning signs in the future.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One of the most important appliances in your home is the smoke detector. The recommended number of smoke detectors in a house is one in each level or quadrant of your house, depending on the size and layout, of course. Smoke detectors are designed to alert you when they have a low battery, but it doesn’t hurt to change the batteries and check to make sure that each smoke detector lights up and beeps to show that it’s working properly. Even more importantly, you should have smoke detectors that also detect carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas, often the by-product engines and furnaces, that is odorless and colorless. Without carbon monoxide detectors, you and your family could be at risk.
Lastly, another direct way to protect your house is by installing a security system. There are several different types of security systems on the market, so you can easily find one that fits your budget and preferences. Even if you don’t feel like you need one, it doesn’t hurt to have a basic security system to alert against break-ins. The saying “better safe than sorry” never applied more than when it comes to getting a security system.
Get in Touch with Wachter Insurance
Whether you need homeowners’ insurance or auto insurance, our team at Wachter Insurance Agency, Inc. is here to help. We offer all of our clients competitive rates, professional customer service, and a huge range of policies to choose from for your needs. We have been serving Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia since 1969, and we would love to help keep your home and family safe every day of the year. For more information, give us a call at (301) 371-6335 or visit us online. For more blogs like these, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.