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Home Safety Tips

In order to have a safer home and better peace of mind, installing a home security system as well as following important home security tips can help you achieve better overall safety at your residence. While ADT monitored home security systems help protect against dangers like burglary, fire, carbon monoxide and medical emergencies, there are also many precautions you and your family can take to ensure your home is properly protected.

You can also upgrade your system to additional points of protection or enhanced home security equipment if you want to increase your protection and follow these tips for a better overall sense of security. Then call 1-866-293-0557 to take the first step toward installing an ADT monitored home security system at your residence. Don't wait for an emergency to strike at your house – be proactive and call today!

Home safety tips for burglary

Follow these tips for increased protection against break-ins, home invasion and more.

  • Never leave spare keys under doormats or flowerpots. These are obvious places that burglars will usually check. Instead, find a discreet place to hide the keys or give them to a trusted neighbor.
  • Be sure to burglar-proof all sliding glass doors. This can be done by putting a metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide, keeping in mind that the pipe should be the same length as the track. A glass break sensor, which can be used to detect when a glass door or window is shattered is optional home security equipment that can also alert you of a break-in.
  • Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on exterior doors and make sure all exterior doors have sturdy locks.
  • Always keep garage doors closed, even when you're home. This helps conceal your belongings as well as prohibit potential intruders from gaining access to your car or an interior door to your home. An overhead garage door contact can also provide an added layer of protection.

Home safety tips for when you're away

While you're away, don't let the crooks play. Lock up tight, arm your home security system and have peace of mind on your vacation knowing that the #1 home security provider in the country is watching over your home and belongings.

  • Create the illusion that someone is at your house when you're away on vacation. You can do this by leaving a TV set or stereo on. Also leave an exterior light on and utilize motion detectors to minimize burglar concealment. Prominently display ADT yard signs and window decals on your property to help deter potential burglars.
  • Make sure drapes, curtains and blinds are tightly shut, especially in rooms where there are valuables or electronics. Help protect your investments when you're not there by following these home safety tips and investing in an ADT monitored home security system.
  • If you have a landline, be sure to adjust the telephone ringer to the lowest volume. An unanswered phone may tip off a burglar that no one is home. Also, have a trusted neighbor or family member collect your mail while you're out of town and never cancel deliveries because you don't know who will get that information.
  • Be sure to arm your system anytime you leave your house – whether it's to go away on a week-long vacation or just to run an errand. When you have home security technology like ADT Pulse®, you can also conveniently manage your home security system by arming your system using your smartphone, tablet or laptop and receive security status updates through emails and text messages.

Fire safety tips

Making sure your entire family is aware of your fire safety tips, your fire escape plan and knows how to properly operate your home security system in order to have the best home security possible.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially in or near bedrooms. Test them often to make sure they work and replace the batteries at least once a year. Optional protection, such as heat and smoke sensors is home security equipment you can upgrade to at any time.
  • Always douse cigarette and cigar butts and anything that's been burning with water – and make sure it's completely out – before dumping it in the trash.
  • Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended or burning stovetops or outdoor grills unattended while in use and be sure that you've turned them completely off when you're done.
  • Make a fire escape plan with your family and designate a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect, so hold a family fire drill at least twice a year. Be sure your street address is posted so that firefighters can easily identify your home in the event of an emergency