How to Feel Safe at Home
If there is one thing you need to feel in your own home, it’s safe. The world can be a scary place, and the last thing you want is to get home and still be unsure about whether or not you are safe and protected. Your home has to be a haven for you and your family. What can you do to make sure this is the case? Read on to find out.
Make It Brighter
No matter how safe your home might actually be, it can always feel less safe when it’s dark. Humans have a natural fear of the dark, some more so than others, so in order to make sure your home feels safe and is a good place for you to be at all times of the day, you need to brighten it up.
One way to do this is to install energy-efficient light bulbs in place of standard ones. In this way, you can keep the lights on for longer without paying more for your electricity bill. If you want a cozier home, you need to use lighting that can be dimmed or smaller lamps rather than one main light.
You can also use outside lighting as well to ensure that you feel safer. Install motion-detecting solar lights in your backyard, and you’ll feel much more protected.
If you’re not in the habit of locking your doors when you’re at home, now is the time to start. If you don’t, you’ll never be entirely safe, no matter whether you feel you live in a safe place or not. An opportunist thief could try all the doors and, finding yours unlocked, will be able to enter. Once you are at home, lock your doors for an added layer of protection. If other people are still to come home, make sure they all have keys and that they get into the habit of locking the doors behind them as well.
When we say lock everything, we don’t just mean your front and back doors. You must also make sure all your windows are locked, as it is easy to forget to check them. Plus, look after your vehicles. By adding additional locks for vans, for example, any thief would be deterred from trying to break into your vehicle, and even if they did try, they would find it all but impossible to get inside.
Landscape Your Yard
If you have dark and overgrown areas of your yard (at the front or the back), this could make you feel uneasy and give you a feeling of being unsafe. You never know who might be out there if you can’t see everything properly and if there are many hiding places.
The lighting we mentioned earlier will help you with this, but it’s also a good idea to landscape your yard to remove any overgrown areas or dark corners (adding a rock garden or a pond is a good option, for example). In this way, you can feel much more secure knowing there are no places for people to be hidden outside.