Home Safety Tips for Seniors – Safety Begins at Home
Safety begins at home. Seniors are often at greater risk from break-ins than other members of society because of their age, but this doesn’t need to be the case.
As statistics have shown, seniors who appear confident and take the necessary precautions needn’t be at greater risk than anyone else. Here are a few tips, all of which make perfect sense, to help you to stay safer and feel more secure at home.
Never tell anyone you don’t know that you’re at home alone
It may be an offhand remark, but you never know what can transpire simply from telling someone that you’re home alone. Apart from friends and family, never tell anyone that you’re at home by yourself, and if you need to have tradespeople in to work on your home, let someone else know the time they’ll arrive. Even better, ask a friend or family member to come over and stay with you until they leave.
Get to know your neighbours
Your neighbours can be your eyes and ears, so get to know your neighbours. The number of times a crime has been prevented by neighbourly vigilance is testament to the rewards.
What’s more, there are so many extra benefits to getting to know your neighbours, including more frequent social contact, a helping hand around the home when you need it, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing friends are always nearby.
Ensure your locks and deadbolts are secure
If it’s been a while since you had your locks and deadbolts seen to, give your local Liverpool locksmith a call. They may not need replacing, but it’s always good to check to make sure that they’re completely secure and will serve their purpose.
Sometimes, however, it may be the case that your locks and deadbolts are in need of replacement, or the screws holding them onto the doors and doorframes need tightening. These are minor jobs that won’t cost you much at all, but they will provide you with peace of mind and that’s something that you can’t put a price on.
Consider security screens for the ground floor
As statistics have shown time and time again, the ground floor of any property is the area most at risk of intrusion. This means that the ground floor windows and doors, particularly the rear door, are the preferred entrance points of criminals.
Security screens are an excellent investment and may even help you to reduce your home insurance premiums. Check with your insurer to see if that’s the case.
Make sure your purse or wallet is never visible from the windows
Never leave any valuables where they can be seen from the ground floor windows. This has been proven to significantly increase the likelihood of a break-in attempt.
There’s so much more that seniors can do to stay safe at home, but these tips are tried and tested and will help you to feel much safer and more secure at home.