How to Protect Your Smart Home From Security Vulnerabilities

By Patrick Sinclair, All Home Robotics

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While the use of smart home devices is on the rise, experts predict there will be over 20 billion connected devices in the world by 2020, with more than half of them being in our homes, according to Gartner, Inc. If you think about it, it’s not hard to envision. How many smart devices are in your home? Smart assistant? Yep. Smart thermostat? Check. Smart lights? Of course.

When we talk about smart home devices, we often refer to them as IoT, or Internet of Things. IoT devices are essentially any device that connects to the Internet, such as smart thermostats, cameras and locks. Unfortunately, IoT users may potentially face security vulnerabilities — from a lack of authorization to privacy concerns. These vulnerabilities exist in a wide range of devices as well, from children’s toys to smart appliances and security alarms.

The best thing you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge of what the potential risks are. Here’s a look at some of the top smart home security vulnerabilities and how to help protect yourself against them.

Insecure Web Interface

An web interface is a page on your internet browser that accesses a smart device and its settings. If your web interface is not secure, your personal information may be vulnerable to hackers who may gain access to your entire network.

A few ways to help prevent access through an insecure web interface are to change default usernames and passwords on all your devices to something unique and to make sure account lockouts occur after a few failed logins. Typically you want the account to lock after three or four failed attempts, which can be managed in the settings portion of the web interface.  It might be inconvenient if you forget your login information and lock yourself out of your device and/or network, but it’s worth it to help prevent a breach in your network.

A password application that tracks all your passwords may be helpful. That way, the only password you have to remember is the one that gets you into the application. (If you’re unfamiliar with password managers, Consumer Reports provides a helpful overview.)

If you do lock yourself out of a device or network, however, you may need to manually reset the device, often referred to as a “hard reset.” This is usually done by pushing a button on the component. While a hard reset may not seem ideal, it is still better than having your information hacked.

Insufficient Authentication/Authorization

If you’re not protecting your devices and home network from unauthorized users, you may be leaving your smart devices, such as alarms and cameras, open to hackers. Typically, this type of vulnerability is a result of weak passwords, nonsecure passwords or a lack of two-step authentication. It’s crucial that you ensure your passwords are strong and that access is only given to those who absolutely need it.

Additionally, you can turn on two-factor authorization to validate and verify access to your device each time a login occurs from a new device or location. Two-factor authorization is an added layer of security. Not only do you need to have your username and password, but you need an additional token or piece of information to gain access. For instance, if you have two-factor authentication on your security system account, you may need to enter a code that was sent to you via text in order to verify your login.

If you want to take things a step further, you can turn on re-authentication for devices that contain more secure features. Re-authentication occurs when anything is changed within the application. If a change occurs, you must enter your username and password again before continuing to use the device. Other scenarios for re-authentication might involve the application asking for credentials after a certain period of time with no activity, or when a user is accessing sensitive information.

Insecure Cloud Interface

Since so many smart devices operate in the cloud, it’s important that you be aware of potential risks. Cloud computing is essentially using the internet, instead of a hard drive on your device, to store and access data and programs, says PCMag.com. For the purposes of this discussion, this includes any smart device connected to the Internet, such as a smart thermostat, smart lights or smart camera.

To help prevent hackers from accessing personal documents, photos and other information you’ve stored in the cloud, make sure your passwords are strong, that two-factor authorization is enabled and that failed login attempts are locked out after a few tries. Establishing these protections is similar to the steps we discussed earlier for securing your device’s web interface and can typically be managed in the security settings of your particular cloud interface.

While there are several types of smart home security vulnerabilities, it’s a good idea to take responsibility to help protect yourself. However, you can help mitigate many of these security threats by using strong passwords, setting up two-step authorization and locking multiple failed attempts out. Do your part and take these actions to help protect your smart home.

Beyond Novelty: Smart Homes for Safety, Security, and Personal Well-Being

By Special Guest
Christy Matte, Special Correspondent / September 18, 2018

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Smart home technology is on the rise, both in terms of product availability and popularity. But, much like other new tech developments, many people perceive it as a frivolous add-on or a luxury option. In truth, smart home tech offers quite a few benefits, even beyond saving money.

Caregiving and Independence
For those who have children, aging parents, or disabled family members in their care, smart home technology can provide peace of mind.

Voice-activated devices – Voice-activated devices allow those with disabilities or health issues to control household devices even when they’re out of reach. Likewise, someone who is fallen and can’t get to a phone can make phone calls or connect with family using voice commands.

Video intercom systems – Video intercoms (some with voice activation), can connect family members who aren’t in the same room, or even in the same house. You can check in on kids who are home alone, an ill relative, or a grandparent with mobility issues.

Smart medical devices – There are a wide range of connected sensors and devices on the market that help monitor health and healthy behaviors. Options like beds and other furniture, socks and shoes, and heart and blood monitors, can be equipped with sensors to track changes in gait, vitals, sleep patterns, and more, and report them to medical professionals or family. They can also trigger alerts of possibly significant health changes. In addition, “smart” pill bottles, water bottles, and apps can remind users of medication or hydration needs, or track usage over time.

Safety and Security
Keeping family and property safe is always a priority. Smart homes shine in this area by alerting you to problems before they become disasters.

Water sensors – If you’ve got a vacation home or you travel regularly, a water sensor can alert you to burst pipes in the winter, a broken water tank, or flood water seeping in. It can send an email or text message so you can quickly contact a plumber or other contractor to minimize damage.

Air quality sensors – Air quality sensors monitor various factors in the air to help keep you and your family healthy. They might warn you of unhealthy conditions or trigger actions such as turning on an air purifier or the ventilation system.

Smart security systems – From connected cameras to WiFi video doorbells, smart security systems not only have remote alerting capabilities, they can trigger other actions as well. They might turn on the outside lights or sprinkler, or turn on a smart speaker so it sounds like someone is home.

Remote Access
One of the most striking benefits of smart home technology is that it’s accessible on the go. This allows you to monitor your property and control your smart devices on vacation, from work, or wherever else you need to be.

Smart locks – Smart locks provide keyless entry so there’s no worry about lost or stolen keys. But you can also create codes for your contractors, cleaning people, and others who may need to access your property while you’re away. Once their work is done, you can delete the codes. Smart locks are also great for families with the ability to send alerts to mom and dad when the kids unlock the door after school.

Smart outlets and appliances – Beyond the ability to preheat your oven while you make your way home from work, smart appliances add additional value. You can turn off a forgotten iron or lamp rather than having to hurry home mid-day. You might also turn on outside lights when you know you’ll be home late, or illuminate your house automatically when you turn onto your street.

Smart home devices can be fun, that’s for certain, but they also have the potential for increasing your family’s peace of mind, health monitoring, and security. The best part is that they can all work together through a convenient smart home hub that can be easily set up through internet service provider. Think about your needs and you’ll surely find just the right smart home technology to help you out.

Christy Matte is a mom of two and a Boston-based writer who covers home security for Xfinity Home. She is also a die-hard techie who blogs at QuirkyFusion.com.?

 

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5 Different Types Of Personal Alarm Systems To Ensure Your And Your Family’s Safety

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Alarm systems are becoming more and more important in today’s world. Whether they are guarding you against break-ins or helping the elderly when they fall, personal alarm systems are something that everyone can use. This article explores five personal alarm systems and how they will help your family stay safe.

 

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The first alarm system we are going to look at is called the Lifeline Vi Alarm Unit. This unit not only has a home base unit, but it also has a panic button that you can wear on your person. This alarm has many features including a loudspeaker, a microphone, a button to cancel an emergency call if you accidentally hit your emergency call button, and a backup battery with a 40-hour battery life. The awesome thing about this alarm is that there is always someone there to help you 24/7, whether they are just calling your family or they have to alert emergency personnel.

The next alarm is called My Amie. This alarm is set up with some of the newest technology out there. This alarm was made to be small and discrete while still being comfortable. My Amie alarm is waterproof, has a 7-year battery life so you do not have to worry about charging it, and has a red emergency button so you can easily find it when needed.

The third alarm is the fall detector. This alarm is like the sensor alarms, but it also has a way of picking up movement so that when you fall the care team is alerted automatically. This alarm also has a panic button for elderly people or even young people, whoever needs it. This alarm has a small grey button above the panic button so that if you accidentally press the panic button you can cancel the call.

The fourth alarm I want to share with you is the smoke detector this alarm company offers. The special thing about this type of smoke detector is that it not only makes an alert sound inside your house, but it alerts the care team and they can call authorities for you. It also has self-checking batteries and will alert you when the batteries are low.

The last thing I want to tell you about is a key safe. This is a small metal box that you can affix to an outdoor wall or even a tree. Your house key is put into the box and you have to have the code to be able to enter the box to get the key. This is great for anyone using an alarm system because the care team can give the code to paramedics so they can easily access your house to help you.

Emergencies can happen at any time of the day. Even though a panic button is mainly for the elderly, these alarm systems are great for old and young people. Everyone should have an alarm system.
Do you use any personal alarm systems to ensure you and your family’s safety?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.

More hotels to provide employees with alert devices

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Tens of thousands of employees at more than 18,00 US hotels will soon carry panic buttons help protect them from harassment and assault. More than a dozen big hotel chains said they will provide personal safety devices to all employees by 2020. (Sept. 6) AP

More hotel companies have pledged to equip their employees with personal safety devices they can use to get help if they feel they are in danger.

G6 Hospitality, parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6, has promised to provide the devices to all its employees at its corporate-owned and managed hotels by the end of March 2019.  The company will begin distributing the devices this fall.

The devices will emit a dual-siren alarm when activated. Employees can use them if they or any guests they encounter feel they are being sexually harassed or assaulted in any way.

G6 is the first company in the economy lodging sector to sign on to a pledge by the American Hotel and Lodging Association to enhance policies, training and resources to improve safety, including preventing sexual harassment and assault. The lobbying group for the industry last week announced its 5-Star Promise, which also includes providing hotel employees across the USA with employee safety devices by 2020.

Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts also signed onto the pledge.

“People are the heart of this business and the single greatest asset to G6 Hospitality. That is why we are committed to the well-being, peace of mind and safety of our team members and guests, and we continue to take steps to improve that experience,” says Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality.

Hotel companies in several cities such as New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Seattle already provide such devices to employees.

The hotel industry is responding to the current climate that is recognizing sexual harassment as a larger issue in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The industry is also acknowledging other human rights issues such as human trafficking.

Perth great-grandmother, 93, saved by personal safety alarm during terrifying home invasion

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By Tegan Sapwell • Reporter

A Perth great-grandmother has used a personal safety alarm to call for help during a terrifying home invasion.

Jean Simpson was alone in her home when she woke to find a stranger in her bedroom rummaging through her drawer last month.

Two boys had broken into her house and began ransacking the rooms while she slept.

“I said, ‘What are you doing here?’, and he got such a fright,” she told 9News.

But the 93-year-old great-grandmother kept her wits about her and made a run for it.

“I thought what if they come and bash me up? I’m getting out of here. So I went out the front door,” she said.

One of the intruders pushed her against a wall as they ran past her, injuring her hand.

Bleeding, Jean Simpson then went inside and used a personal alarm to call for help.

Operators in a call centre for not-for-profit aged care service, Silver Chain, kept her on the line while they called police.

“A minute by yourself can feel like hours if you’ve had a fall or you’re having palpitations or if there is somebody in the house,” Kiah Lee, from Silver Chain, said.

“If you have somebody there – even if it is just a voice – it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”

About 4000 West Australians and 7000 around the country have a personal alarm. Silver Chain says it receives 400 emergency calls a month.

Jean Simpson said the attack hasn’t put her off living alone, because she knows help is there if she needs it. But she’s urging other seniors to consider getting an alarm.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019

Link to the article: https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-home-invasion-great-grandmother-safety-alarm-help-call-emergency-news-wa-australia/c8168930-e778-4181-adb8-f4a9a22bdae9

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Personal Safety In The Home By Winnipeg Police Service

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Many people operate under the assumption that concerns for personal safety apply only to someone who is away from the comfort of his or her home. A person should not take anything for granted when it comes to their safety.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY IN ALL SITUATIONS, INCLUDING THE HOME

• Keep doors and windows secure at all times.
• Only open the door when it is safe to do so.

SERVICE AND DELIVERY PEOPLE
• Place a peephole in the door.
• Verify person’s reason for attendance.
• Ask for proper identification.
• Consider contacting the organization/company to confirm/verify delivery time.
• Consider contacting the organization/company to schedule an appointment.
• Be sure to utilize reputable and reliable companies.

STRANGERS AT THE DOOR
• It is common practice for a burglar to knock first to see if anyone is home.
• Verify the persons reason for attendance.
• If you are uncomfortable with their attendance, stay calm and tell them to leave.
• If they refuse to leave advise them that you are calling police.

APARTMENT/CONDO SAFETY
Remember the front door of your apartment/condo block is the front door of your residence.
• Never allow anyone that you do not know into the building.
• Lock/secure doors, windows and lockers.
• Do not identify yourself on the call board.
• Do not enter an elevator if you are suspicious of the occupants.
• Report suspicious people loitering.

TELEPHONE SAFETY
Be cautious when speaking to someone on the phone, as you cannot confirm their true identity. They could be a fraudster.
• If a caller refuses to identify him or herself to you – hang up.
• Do not give out any personal information to anyone. This includes credit card or banking info.
• Do not divulge that you are home alone.
• If you are receiving annoying or harassing telephone calls, hang up and activate the call trace feature (*57). Document the date, time and nature of the calls and assemble a record of calls before contacting the police.
• Notify the police immediately if the calls are threatening in nature.

SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER
• Keep sightlines clear – trim trees and shrubs to prevent a place to hide.
• Lighting can be an effective deterrent for criminals:
? use motion lights on the exterior
? use timers inside your home to give appearance someone is home
• Change locks upon moving into a new residence.
• Keep doors locked even when you are home or in your yard.
• Include children in your safety plan.
• Get to know your neighbours.
• Be aware of suspicious activity and look out for each other.

Trust your instincts!

Connect with your
Community Relations Officers
To book a presentation, request officers
attend an event, or for more information:

204-986-6322
Winnipeg.ca/TakeAction
Make the Right Call
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 204-986-6222
Report a Crime Online: Winnipeg.ca/police

More information about personal and in-house safety,
visit www.winnipeg.ca/police

 

Link to the article: https://filipinojournal.com/personal-safety-in-the-home-by-winnipeg-police-service/

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Start Prepping Here – Personal Safety Part 2 – Securing Your Home

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In this series, we’ve taken on topics of Food Storage, Personal Safety, Water Storage, and Sanitation.  Today, we have yet another topic.  When many people start preparing, they either are convinced that the world is going to end or they are looking into how to protect their family from the winter power outage or maybe from the potential of losing a job.  It’s the same with home security.  People either think the world is going to end and their house should be more secure than the FBI headquarters or they simply want to deter current potential burglars.

If you, like so many people, just want to provide your family with security against “everyday” potential problems, then this article is for you.  And if that is the case, I just want to point out that you don’t have to make your home a veritable Fort Knox.  Believe it or not, all you need to do is to make your house look like a less attractive option than houses around you.  Why would a burglar try for an apple in the middle of the tree when you can grab one off the bottom branch.

So let’s jump right into how to do that.  How do we make our houses less appealing to the burglars?  Here are simple steps to put our houses at least up to the middle of the tree.

In research for this article, I found information on what burglars said actually deterred them from hitting a house.

(1) A Barking Dog

When we moved to this house and we were no longer renting, we got a dog for this very reason.  Burglars say that for many of them if they hear a dog, that’s a no-go for them.

(2) Closed Circuit TV

The cool thing about this is that, if you do it right, you don’t actually have to have a CCTV.  It simply needs to look like you have one.  You can buy the real thing for about $130.  OR you could buy a look-alike for about $25.  Someone who worked in the security business, when asked about this type of camera, said that the difference between a real and a fake camera like this is no longer distinguishable by looking at it.  The only way someone would know that this type of camera is fake is if you picked it up.  If it’s attached to the outside of your house, they can’t pick it up, so they would never know the difference.

(3) Television

Burglars have said that having a TV that is on or at least sounds like it’s on is a deterrent.  It makes them believe that people are actually home.  Most burglars don’t want trouble.  They want in and out (usually) in less than 5 minutes.

(4) Visibility

You want the space around your windows and doors to be clear.  You don’t want shrubs under your windows.  A burglar can hide in the shrubs while trying to jimmy a window open.   If your windows and doors are well-lit, this will also deter burglars.  You can install something as simple as solar power motion activated lights.  If there is movement within a certain area, the motion light will go on, but you don’t have to worry about hooking it up to electricity or about changing a battery.

(5) Door Security

Having a solid front door goes far in the way of deterring burglars.  Having a solid wood door is the best by far.  If you can’t have that, at least have a solid wood core to your door.

Deadbolt

With your regular door knob lock, install a deadbolt.  While a deadbolt isn’t a 100% deterrent, it does give you two lines of defense against your door being easily opened.  Remember that our job isn’t to make our home into a fortress as much as it to make it hard to get into.

Securing your door jamb

Other ways to secure your door is to use 3-4″ long screws on the door jamb.  Now, if you’re like me, you may not know what a door jamb is.  Go to your door.  Open it.  Take a look at the wall where your lock fits into the wall.  This is called the strike plate.  UNDER the strike plate is your door jamb.  In order to install longer screws into your door jamb, you’ll have to remove the strike plate.  If you have a strong door jamb, your door will be so much more secure.

Nightlock

If you are looking for an additional way to secure your door, or if you, like us, have glass on either side of our door and can’t install longer screws into your door jamb, there are other ways to secure your door.   One of the things I’ve been looking into until we can replace our front door is called Nightlock.  Nightlock is made up of three pieces.  The first attaches to the back of your door.  The second attaches to the floor, and the last one secures the one in the door to the one on the floor.

Your Sliding Glass Door

Do you have a sliding glass door?  If you do, then you want to make sure that you also secure them.  You can purchase something “fancy” like this.  Honestly though, if you find the right length of 1″x2″, you can slide it in the door so that no one can open the door.  It’s just as effective.

(6) Window Security

Now for securing windows, there are several things you can do.  If you are concerned about someone breaking a window to get into your house, there is a way to reinforce your windows.  There is something called reinforced window film.  You can purchase from 3M or from Amazon.  This film takes any impact to the window, or door and spreads it out over a much greater surface area making it much harder to break into windows.

Now if you do not want to install this film, but you still want to protect your windows, you can install window glass break alarms.  If glass breaks, an alarm will sound.  This will either alert someone that something is happening or it will scare off an intruder.

Another way to secure your windows is to make sure they can’t be opened if you haven’t locked them.  There is something called Window Bully which works to a window as a doorstop works to your door.

(7) Activity on Your Street

Believe it or not, being outside, having your kids outside, having people who work in their yards and walk their dogs is a huge step toward security not only in your house but for your entire neighborhood.  Know your neighbors.  Talk to them!  Interact with them.  On one news program that I watched where a former burglar took a member of the news around with him in a vehicle.  When they drove through a neighborhood where people were out and about, working in their yards, walking, talking with neighbors, etc.;  the burglar said that he would never go into a neighborhood like that.  It would be hard to do that and to not be seen.

So we can love our neighbors AND keep them safe by getting to know them and being happy to be seen outside talking with them.  That’s one of the most exciting things that I learned researching for this article.

Other tips

So, things that I listed above have been noted as being deterrents to theft in your house.  I found some other helpful tips that I also want to pass along.

If you have locks on your doors, actually USE them.  About 1/3 of burglaries are not committed by forced entry!

Have a burglar decoy box with some cash, fake jewelry, and important looking papers planted in a dresser drawer could get someone one out fairly quickly with really nothing of value.

Shut your blinds at night or everyone can see into your house and know exactly what is where.

And What About You?

What steps have you taken or do you plan on taking to secure your home.  Is there anything in the article that surprised you?  I’d love to hear.  Leave me a comment below.

Together lets Love, Learn, Practice, Overcome

 

Link to the article: https://ayearwithoutthegrocerystore.com/start-prepping-security-home/

Home Security and Safety Tips for Single Women Living Alone

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by Susan B

The security at home essay reminded of something that happened to me a few years back. I was having another sleepless night a few months after my husband had passed away, I fell asleep around 3 AM, I woke up 20 or 30 minutes later to my back door being kicked in, a man screaming to let him in.

I was certain he could not gain entry as I’d replaced the door when I first bought the place with a metal door and I had every type of bar and safety feature on this door to make sure it could never be rammed in.

I told him I called 911, my dog was very old and he had hit her hard enough she was hiding from him but still barking. After the longest 15 minutes of yelling and pounding on my door the cops finally arrived and as they were hauling him away he reiterated I should have let him in, he was at a party gone bad and some guys were chasing him, so he said.

I certain as were the officers he was very drugged up. I told him if he’d been able to gain entry I would have had to shoot him with the 12 gauge shotgun I was holding and I certainly would have blown his F&^%ing head off.

My husband always said to keep the shotgun loaded where you can get to it fast, also a handgun, I tried to load the chamber of one of his .45 handguns but I was shaking so bad I couldn’t do it, not that I relished the idea of using it anyway, thankfully there was a shotgun ready to go and I have used one often enough before to be comfortable with.

I lived at the time in a low crime area in the suburbs, I/we were there 12 years and nothing had ever happened before.

Soon after I went and got my concealed carry and bought a new handgun I was comfortable using, a Glock 19. I have it next to me on my nightstand right now. I put it up if anyone is coming over. I have several hidden in other parts of the house as well. It did get me thinking about home safety. No matter how safe you think your area is you should be prepared.

It is a good idea to take a close look at your home from a viewpoint of how easy it would be for someone to gain entry. I think it is a good idea to make it so people have no way of knowing when your home, cover garage windows.

Don’t answer the door if you don’t know who is standing there, have a way to see who is there without them seeing you. Make sure to have an extra layer of protection at all doors and windows, I had alarms on everything and storm shutters on all windows.

The front door entry was gated. I now live out in the country and am working toward the same level of security here. Sometimes it isn’t someone from outside your area that is your biggest threat but someone living not very far away.

I have a yapper dog that keeps me aware of people pulling down my driveway. I have a gate and I intend to add another further down the driveway, it is a very long driveway.

You’d be surprised how easy the average door is to kick open, get some safety bars or other such gizmos to make it nearly impossible without a ramming bar from a swat team. They don’t cost all that much and are easy to install. Use long screws and make sure you’re attaching to the framing studs and not just the trim.

I have several driveway alarms as well, one for each side of the house; I have the beams set at different angles from the window and a few outside as well at a height that keeps them from going off from small animals. I find the dogs are the better bets as alarms.

The driveway alarms are always on sale at harbor freight and they are very user-friendly. I bought the other items online or at local hardware stores. Even a simple hasp for a back door with a sturdy padlock can help slow down an intruder. I also have door stop alarms.

There are new types of sensor alarms that will call 911 and tell them you have an intruder, these are stand-alone alarms not connected to an alarm company that charges you a monthly fee. They do need a phone line though. There are alarms that go off if someone outside puts their hand on your doorknob or handle. These are but a few of the multitude available these days.

Not many of us will have a well-trained law enforcement man in the house, maybe not even close by, so we need to eliminate as best we can the possibility of an intruder/robber etc by using the means we have available to make our homes less of a target.

There are all kinds of home security products one can utilize and install without the help of professionals these days that can add to our home security. Just as now is the time to prepare with food, water, energy, etc it is also the time to heighten security in our homes.

Learn what guns may be best for your home or person. I gravitated to what I was comfortable and familiar with; it may not be a right fit for others.

To have things in order enough to eliminate concerns over a home intrusion to a significant degree gives me peace of mind.

Make sure to have a neighbor you trust most number on your speed dial in case you need their help. Often just a drive or walk by can cause a potential intruder to change their plans and leave. Fake or real cameras posted signs of security systems, and neighborhood watch signs all help. But most of all make it one of the most difficult homes to gain entry, without looking like you have much of anything worth stealing or being too obvious.

Here in the south it just looks like I’m more prepared for a hurricane or tornado, even still it makes my home less of an easy target than many of the other homes in the area. I don’t put out adornments to keep up with the Jones that would give anyone a clue to there being anything worth stealing behind my doors. I believe this to be a prudent future trend we’ll all see more of. You want to be as invisible as you can be. No expensive new cars or toys to draw attention to you will be the order of the day. Why advertise you have anything worth taking you down for?

I love this blog and I really enjoy reading what you all have to say about everything, many of you have an enormous amount of horse sense in a time when it is rarely found.

I’m looking forward to reading all your thoughts and ideas on home security for us women living alone and lay people…

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Prevention is Better and Cheaper than Cure: How Parents Can Secure the Safety of Their Children at Home

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February 16, 2019

If you ask any parent what’s the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do in their lives, most would probably tell you it’s having a baby. It’s by far the most exhausting and challenging task a human can be charged with, and not everyone who sets out to do it is actually up to the responsibility. One of the biggest concerns about raising a child is keeping them safe, whether it’s from psychological damage or bullying or, the fact that they’re different. But at a younger age, it’s usually simpler than all that. You don’t find yourself really worried about what your kid’s opinion in politics is; at a young age, it’s all about keeping them safe.

So, how can you secure your home for your children, to avoid any problems and injuries and unnecessary treatments?

Fire protection

You’d be surprised how easily and quickly a house fire can break out. They happen because of cooking accidents, electrical plug malfunctions, and possibly kids playing with lights or matches. It’s essential that you have working fire alarms in your home for fire safety. True, they can go off at random times and be annoying, but when an actual fire does happen, and this saves you, you’ll be grateful.

Window proofing

Statistics show that every year, thousands of children end up in hospitals or worse due to falling off from windows. You need to install window bars to make them safe for children, or a stop that would prevent the window from fully opening.

Sharp objects

You need to be thorough with this one. Make sure the house is clear from any exposed sharp objects. This can range from scissors lying on the table to kids toys themselves not properly shelved. Also, table and chairs pointed corners should be properly covered in a layer or coating to protect the children running aimlessly in the house.

Poisoning

Poisoning is also one of the most prominent causes of injuries to toddlers and young kids. You need to understand that kids are very curious, which means they’ll grab anything and put it in their mouths. So, you need to make sure to keep all possible sources away from them. Also, there are worse things to get poisoned; carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the worst because, most of the time, people don’t even realize they’re being poisoned.

Sources of carbon monoxide in the house include grills, power tools, heaters and stoves, and most electrical appliances. So, you need to be really careful and aware of how to use those in order to keep your kids safe from the very harmful carbon monoxide, which is just hanging around the house as an accident waiting to happen. Also, get a carbon monoxide detector.

Fewer chemicals, more organic material

If you happen to be living on a farm or something, chances are you’ll be suffering from annoying pest problems. It’s vital not to get carried away with the use of chemical pesticides because those can have some serious effects on your children’s health in the short and long runs. Instead, opt for organic, homemade pesticides which handle the problem without the damage of the chemicals.

Exercise sound judgment

At the end of the day, the goal here is keeping your kids safe. That means you need to exercise good judgment and ask yourself what in the household might be a danger to them. Pretend you’re a baby, curious and stupid, and see what might spark your interest to eat or shove somewhere, and then safeguard that item. You will need to give the house proofing process its due time.

Link to the article: https://www.sochealth.co.uk/sp/prevention-is-better-and-cheaper-than-cure-how-parents-can-secure-the-safety-of-their-children-at-home/