How to Make Your Home More Secure

Your home is where your dreams grow, and protecting it is priority number one. In addition to the big things you already do, we’ve come up with a list of quick tips that will help increase your peace of mind.

Use smart home technology. Take your peace of mind further by adding smart technology and creating a connected home. Now you can monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet and instantly jump into action if you need to. As an added benefit, you may even qualify for a Safe, Secure, Smart Home Discount.

Smoke detectors. Make sure all of your smoke detectors are working and that you have them in all the right places. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code requires a minimum of one smoke detector inside each sleeping room, one outside sleeping areas and at least one per floor. Some larger homes may require more. A smart routine to start is checking your smoke detectors when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.

Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher. Having a fire extinguisher on hand can help you minimize the damage caused by a kitchen fire. Not all fire extinguishers are created the same — check to make sure yours is kitchen rated.

Cover your outlets. If you’ve childproofed your home, then you’re probably familiar with this safety precaution. But even if you don’t have small children of your own, installing outlet covers is smart — you never know when friends or family might bring along little visitors! If you’re really interested in outlet safety, consider investing in smart outlets that can be controlled by an app.

Use water detectors. If you have a room in your house that is likely to flood, either from external water or broken pipes, a water detector can alert you to a problem early on so you can jump in and take care of the issue before it gets out of hand.

Check your locks. Make sure all of your locks are in working order and that no spare keys are floating around. If you keep an emergency key outside, try to keep it well-hidden and not under the welcome mat. Consider installing smart locks and using an app to take security to a new level.

Look at your laundry room. Check your laundry room to make sure your chemicals are stored far away from little ones (remember that they learn to climb at a young age). You should also check your hook-ups a few times a year just to make sure they’re secure. In addition to cleaning your lint trap — inspect your dryer vent monthly to make sure it’s clear.

These smart tips help you quickly and easily feel more secure in your home. They may also be the key to preventing larger problems by giving you a heads up when a situation arises. Not only that, but being proactive pays with our Safe, Secure, Smart Home Discount.

Connect with your American Family Insurance agent to see if you have all the home coverage you need to protect what matters most and ask if your home security efforts qualify for any discounts.

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