5 Ways To Improve the Security Of Your Front Door

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The front door is the most likely point of entry for any home break-in. That means this needs to be the strongest part of your home security. There are many ways to increase the security of your front door, some of which are almost imperceptible. Other protections are costly and may affect the look and feel of the home. With such a wide range of options, there is no excuse to leave your home exposed, and there is no reason to spend a fortune making improvements. If you are renting, make sure to speak with your landlord before making any changes, no matter how small you think they are.

  1. Longer Screws

One of the simplest and most noninvasive ways to improve the security of your front door is to use longer screws to fasten your door hinges and strike plates. Most standard locks are installed with screws that are an inch, or maybe even an inch and a half, in length. This bites into the wood enough for alignment and functionality purposes, but it does not offer much security.

With just a three-inch screw, you are securing the strike and hinges to the wall stud. A screw that is biting into a stud will stand up to a significant amount of force beyond a simple set screw. This helps to prevent against kicking attacks on both the hinge and doorjamb sides of the door.

  1. Use the Right Lock

A front door should always use at least one deadbolt in addition to a keyed knob or handle. The deadbolt is immune to the widely known credit card method of surreptitious entry. When the bolt is thrown, it is not retractable without a key or a thumbturn on the interior of the door. This is different from the spring latch in a keyed doorknob, which can be depressed even while in the locked position.

If there is any glass on or around the door, it is very important to use a double-sided deadbolt. These deadbolts do not have a thumbturn, and require the use of a key when locking and unlocking from both inside and outside the home. Even if a criminal were to smash the glass near a double-sided deadbolt, they could not gain entry any easier. High-security locks are also necessary to prevent against more advanced forms of illegal entry, such as lock picking and bump keys. Make sure that lock installation is done correctly or the security of the lock will be diminished. In lieu of installing new locks, homeowners can also rekey locks (if they already have a deadbolt in place) to maximize their home security.

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  1. Add Metal

In order to install a door lock, several holes must be cut into the wood of the door. These holes are not completely filled by metal, and therefore leave vulnerable areas, which a susceptible to violent entry attacks. This means the area of your door that holds the lock hardware is actually a weak point in the door. By placing metal sleeves around that area, these points cannot be as easily compromised.

The same is true for the doorjamb, which will almost always have a simple small metal strike plate to hold the latch and/or bolt of your locks. By having this strike plate be longer, and secured throughout the length of the jamb, the door is secured against forced entry. Some of these products are hidden by the closed door, so these measures do not need to change the look of your home.

  1. Better Door Composition

If you secure your hinges, hardware, and the doorjamb, then there is still the concern of the door itself breaking. All doors are not created equal. For exterior doors, and especially front doors, you need a product with a solid core. These doors are heavier, as they use more material and stronger wood in their construction.

For additional security, there are steel core doors, and even iron core doors, which add metal content to the door itself. The addition of a new door would be the most costly and visually dramatic change proposed so far, but it is a must if the wrong type of door has already been installed.

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  1. Security Screens

A security screen changes the look of your home from the exterior, but it provides a vast range of protection. Firstly, it will have more locks installed, which is an obstacle for anyone trying to bump or pick the locks. There is also another door, which is made out of metal, so forced entry is going to take at least twice as long as it would with just a standard door.

Residents can also open their door to see who is outside, without exposing themselves to a threat. And opposed to traditional woven screen doors, there is still a layer of security if you would like to leave your front door open for some fresh air.

Tips for Renters:

If you are renting, it is not so simple to make changes to the home. Often you will need to suggest your ideas to the landlord, who will then make the final decision. So it is important that you have been acting in compliance with what your landlord wants. Try not to be difficult or demanding. You are trying to present a solution, not a problem. So find a solution that works for your needs, and that you believe your landlord would be open to. For example, you may know that they do not like changes that alter the look of the home. So you would not suggest overly visible changes such as a security screen or new door.

Come to them with a full proposal. If you force them to come up with their own answers, the process will be much slower. The less work you make for them, the better chances of a quick and positive response. Who you want to pay for the changes will also affect your success. If you are looking to pass the cost onto the landlord, the offer to only charge the cost of materials will be more appealing than including the cost of labor. Try to anticipate their issues, and appeal to them on matters they care about. For example, even attempted burglary would result in many replacement costs as well as insurance issues, and general repairs. Be personable, and try to be positive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief Guide to Home Fire Prevention and Safety

A Brief Guide to Home Fire Prevention and Safety

The statistics are chilling: every year, home fires destroy 7 million dollars’ worth of property and end the lives of more than two thousand people. Luckily, the deaths caused by home fires are becoming fewer, but the numbers are still exceptionally high, especially when you consider the fact that these deaths are so easily preventable. We offer you a brief but useful guide to home safety which will help you prevent fire in your home, and even if there is a fire, the damage will be minimized.

Smoke detectors save lives

First and foremost: smoke detectors should be mandatory in every home. When it comes to home fires, fire alarms are the number one reason the lives of people are saved in the first place. According to National Fire Protection Association, three out of five deaths from home fires happened in homes that don’t have smoke alarms or any kind of alarm. Even if there is a smoke alarm in your home, go through a little bit of trouble and check if it’s working properly. Sometimes, something as simple as a dead battery, no battery, or some sort of malfunction can cause the alarm to fail. Regularly check up on your smoke alarms and make sure the ‘test’ button is working. Also, your smoke alarms should be replaced approximately every ten years.

Smoke detectors save lives

Fire extinguishers at hand

Having a fire extinguisher in your home is necessary, but it is equally (or even more so) important to know how to use it at the right moment. Not every fire that can occur should be extinguished with an extinguisher. In fact, they have been made to use only on very small and contained fires like the ones in a pot on the stove or in a wastebasket. If you have a large fire, your number one priority shouldn’t be to grab an extinguisher, but to get everyone out of the house and away from the danger. At least one extinguisher should be present on every level of your home, and they should be kept in rooms where the probability of a fire is highest. This means the kitchen and the garage, but also hallways. So, if you notice a fire, don’t try being a hero: lead your family out of the house first and only then try to extinguish the fire or call the firefighters.

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Escape ladders in every room

This is rather simple: if your home has more than one story or a basement with window wells, you should have fire escape ladders on hand. If you have window wells, you will get a plain metal ladder, approximately 5 feet tall, which you can plant in the ground a few inches, and use hooks to secure them on the wall. For other rooms in the house you will need “standoffs” – simple, small protrusions which should hold the ladder rungs away from the house and allow your foot to move down more easily because you will have enough space not to slip. When it comes to lengths, fire safety services recommend that you use standard length ranges for upper floors: 13-15 feet for the second, and 23-25 feet for the third. Before you make your purchase and rely on these, make sure they are marked as load tested load tested for at least 1,000 pounds.

Household fires are serious business

Household fires are serious business, and before firefighters come and rescue you all, you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family. Being aware that there’s a possibility of fire is simply not enough, you should prepare and do whatever you can to protect your family and your home and lower the odds of firefighters ever having to risk their lives trying to save you.

Author bio:

Diana smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to latest DIY projects and home décor. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Five Tips to Choose High-Quality Security Grilles

The world outside our home is filled with a wide range of positive as well as negative elements. When we talk about the negative elements, we usually mean thieves, robbers, and other sorts of criminals. No matter, where you go, the negative elements will always lurk behind. For this reason, it is crucial to protect your home and family members from them. In this regard, security grilles are the sure shot accessories to ensure the protection of your home and family. Security grilles provide a good amount of protection and this is the reason for the fast growth in the demand for the product. High quality security grilles are perfect for adding extra security to one’s house. Even though most of the residential, as well as commercial properties, are equipped with security cameras and security guards, but they are more like crime deterrent, rather than acting as a method of prevention.

Five Tips to Choose High-Quality Security Grilles

How to Choose High Quality Security Grilles?

Security grilles have become the necessity of every household in today’s time, but the real challenge arises when it comes to buying security grilles. It is really difficult to make a right choice when you have to select one fine thing from the huge range of products available in the market that too from different brands. Choosing the right one certainly matters because nobody wants to end up buying low-quality security grilles. Hence, follow the tips below in order to make the right selection:

  1. Type: Rolling security grilles and folding security grilles are the two different kinds of option available in the market when it comes to buying of security grilles. Both of these options have their own set of pros and cons, and it is determined by the way each of these is constructed. However, rolling security grilles are more common among commercial properties, whereas folding design is more widely used for the residential properties.
  2. Construction: In the construction of security grilles, three ingredients are used; they are steel, stainless steel, and aluminium. The composition of these three ingredients determines the quality of these grilles. A security grill that consists more of aluminium than steel is not really reliable. So, when you decide to pick one from the market, you must make it sure that stainless steel has been used in good quantity.
  3. Lock Mechanism: Apart from considering the quality of the security grilles, you must also take their lock mechanism into consideration. Having at least two locks is absolutely essential in making the grill more secure.
  4. Style: It is quite obvious that the first impression is often the last impression. Hence, if you do not want the security grill to ruin the look of your beautiful home then go for a little stylish one. High-quality security grilles comprising of polycarbonate material look stylish and are reliable too. The aesthetic aspect of your house or commercial property will not be affected in anyway.
  5. Manufacturer: There is no shortage of manufacturers in the market, even in the online world. But, the experience and reputation of the manufacturer certainly matter a lot in determining the quality of the security grilles provided by them. Before choosing one, it would be better to take a careful look at the models they have in their stock. Also, take into consideration the measurement, weight, and price of the security grille you are planning to buy and compare with other available options to make a wise decision. Spending a little time in the research process will prove to be beneficial while shopping.

 

5 Ways to Improve Home Security Without Spending a Fortune

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Keeping your home safe should be a top priority. But with burglars getting smarter and trickier these days, securing your biggest investment may require you to go beyond the basic. This can mean more devices- and more expenses.

Fortunately, however, that isn’t always the case. With the right ideas, there are still ways for you to augment your home security without burning holes in your wallet. Here are 5 of them.

1.   Upgrade your locks

Aside from installing a budget-friendly home security system, upgrading your locks is also necessary. As lock pickers and bumpers are becoming more common, you need to make sure your locks are resistant enough.

Deadbolt locks are one of your best options. Although they are not as expensive and advanced as smart lock systems, they are tough when it comes to brute force and lock picking.

The importance of keeping your doors locked at all times, particularly when you’re going out of your home isn’t rocket science. If you want your locks to be effective, you have to make sure you use them constantly.

2. Improve your landscaping

Increasing your yard’s visibility is one good way to keep intruders out. When your yard is clear of overgrown bushes and clutter, it will be easy for you and your neighbors to see who’s prying around your property. Aside from trimming plants, you can also add low thorny bushes to your yard. They are best placed on the areas near your windows and the sides of your home.

It can also help if you can increase the lighting in your yard. Although any type of lighting can be useful, it’s still a good idea if you can invest in motion activated lights. These lights can be triggered at the slightest sign of motion and can be used to alert your neighbors of possible trespassing. They are also good in sending intruders scampering away from your property.

3. Start or join your neighborhood watch program

Neighborhood watch programs are effective burglar deterrents. They encourage the community to be more proactive when it comes to security. They also make everyone in the neighborhood more vigilant, especially in knowing who goes in and out of the area.

If your neighborhood doesn’t have one yet, you can start your own group by inviting the people in your area for a short meeting. You can seek the help of your local police so that there won’t be anything amiss in the program. Working directly with your local authorities also makes their response time a lot faster.

4. Secure your garage

Because garages typically connect to a home, a large number of burglars use them to gain access to properties. This makes your garage as important as your front and back doors.

Your garage should always be closed or locked even if you’re home. As long as you’re not inside it or you’re not using it, keep in mind to secure its door. You should also push back any valuables further inside it so that they won’t be easily seen by prying eyes. It’s also a good idea to lock motorcycles and bikes inside.

5. Lock away your tools

Screwdrivers, hammers and even your ladder should not be left in sight as burglars can interpret them as a clear invitation to break into your home. The same thing goes for your pry bars and garden tools.

Instead of having them lying around, gather and tuck them inside your home. If you have a separate storage area in your yard, make sure that it can’t be easily seen by other people. It will also be helpful if your storage can be locked.

 Author’s Bio: 

Rose Cabrera is one of Top Security Review’s lead content writers. She’s highly passionate about writing home security system reviews and sharing budget-friendly home security ideas.

 

Stopping the Invasion: 4 Ways to Remove Pests from Your Home

Stopping the Invasion: 4 Ways to Remove Pests from Your Home

Paranoia. We all get it after a home invasion. You may start seeing quick blurs of gray in your peripheral vision, hearing what could have been a scratch or a squeak. Pests are certainly a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. Rat droppings and various pest excretions can make your family sick. And summer time is the time you need to be on the lookout. According to a company offering pest control in Jenks, Oklahoma, the increased moisture and warm temperatures are perfect breeding conditions for the least desirable creepy-crawlies. To keep your home safe and worry free, not to mention cleaner, consider these four ways to reclaim your habitat.

1) Traps

If you are battling mice or rats, various traps can be your first line of defense. You’ll probably want to start with the typical, old-school, metal mousetrap. Just bait the trap and place it in common traffic areas for the critters. If you can’t handle sadistically waiting for the rat to come across your instant doom trap, there are more humane sticky traps that capture the animal alive. Once immobilized, you can then transfer it to a land far, far away.

2) Baits

If you’re battling smaller, less furry creatures like roaches and ants, baits are a great option. Place them in dark corners and along walls where insects like to hide. The poison not only kills the bugs, but draws them in. This helps get rid of the ones you don’t see. For ants, place the bait near their trail. The ants will carry the bait home to their queen which kills the whole colony.

3) Sprays and Bombs

You may find yourself desperately battling fleas or lice, especially if you have pets in your home. The best way to deal with these tiny, vicious beasts is by spraying your home with poisons like Raid. These sprays should be safe for pets and kids once they dry and can work up to six weeks. Check the bottle for safety information.

You’ll also want to fumigate your home with “bug bombs” if you have the chance. Make sure everyone has somewhere to go for a few hours. Remove your pets from your home. Follow all safety instructions. When you come home, you’ll want to wash dishes, bedding, and any surfaces that were exposed.

4) Combine Efforts

Combining multiple methods is your most effective option, especially in insect infestations. Spray around your walls, doorways, and windows where pests enter your home and put out baits. Though sprays can last for weeks or more, it’s okay to spray as needed to keep your home pest free.

When you’ve exhausted all inexpensive efforts, it’s time to call an exterminator. Your health and peace of mind is worth it!