- Remember to lock all doors and windows when you leave the
- Keep all valuable items out of sight.
- Install proper lighting around your home to keep it well lit
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors and get to know them.
Also, take the initiative to start a Neighborhood Watch group.
- When you are out of town, do not lure burglars with stacks of
newspapers and an overflowing mailbox. Either have a trusted
neighbor pick them up daily or have the post office and news
carrier hold them for you.
- Set timers for lights and a television so it appears that
someone is home while you are traveling.
- Do not hide spare keys in obvious places such as: under
doormats, in the mailbox, etc.
- Install a peephole in your front door to make it possible to
see who is there without having to open it.
- Monitored alarm systems are effective at deterring burglars.
- Do not give out your alarm code to just anyone. Only a family
member or trusted friend should know the code in case of an
- Smoke detectors that are monitored by a U.L. listed
Central Monitoring Station are effective. Whether you are home
or away, Sound Security will always be looking out for you.
- Check the batteries and test your smoke alarm monthly.
- Have a planned escape route for your home with a safe
- Make sure that each room has an alternative escape route
in case the first is inaccessible.
- Hold practice drills regularly so the entire family is
familiar with the procedure for safely exiting the house.
- Do not overload electrical sockets. Unplug items when they
are not in use.
- Furnaces and heating systems should be cleaned on an
- Install a spark arrestor on your chimney to prevent sparks
from starting a fire on your roof, nearby trees, etc. Also,
cut back trees so they do not hang directly over the chimney.
- In case of an actual fire situation, it is imperative that
your address is easily seen by emergency vehicles.
- For more information regarding fire safety, please visit
the National Fire Protection Agency’s website at