Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you go to relax and recharge. It should act as your safety zone, a place to let down your defenses. If you still find yourself on edge in your home, or if you’ve recently moved into an unfamiliar place, then you can take some preventative steps to ease those concerns.

The Yard

Before you address the home, you must address the property. Robbers target homes that have easy entry points and appear empty at predictable intervals. To deter a break-in you can first make your home difficult to get into. Install a good fence, like a steel privacy fence Texas. Also, make sure you have strong doors with deadbolts. You can even purchase a generic security lawn sign to make it appear that you have a home alarm even if you don’t.

Trim bushes and tree branches away from doors and windows. These provide cover for anyone sneaking onto the property. Motion-activated floodlights are inexpensive and provide peace of mind for dark nights at home.

The House

If you don’t have a security alarm inside the home, there are still effective ways to be aware of potential dangers. Your front door should have a peephole or a video doorbell so you know exactly who is on the other side of your door before you open it. There are also entry sensors available at most home improvement stores that wirelessly stick to your door and chime when it opens. This is especially helpful if you have multiple doors.

There could be dangers present in the home that have nothing to do with theft, like fire and electrical hazards. Proper maintenance of fire alarms, carbon dioxide detectors and electrical panels is essential for a safe home.

The Emergency Stash

There are certain items that every homeowner should have in case of a natural disaster or medical emergency. These items are best stored in a plastic storage bin. Start with the basics: food, water and shelter. It is recommended that one gallon of water be stored for each person in the home. Include non-perishable food, and if you include canned goods then you’ll need a can opener.

Throw in one blanket per person, some tarps, duct tape and a multipurpose tool. Pack flashlights with extra batteries and a solar charger if you have one. Battery packs are useful, but solar chargers act as a battery pack while also giving you the ability to charge it up without electricity.