Sep 25, 2015
5 Ways To Make Living Alone Safer
Living alone can be scary for a variety of reasons. Not only can you no longer rely on the bank of mom & dad to pay for all of your living expenses, you also have to worry about safety more than ever.
2) Keep your home well-lit: Lighting is one of the number one things people look for when targeting homes. Don’t simply rely on keeping your lights consistently on or off while away for long periods of time; vary them! The easiest way to vary your lighting is to connect them to your mobile device so that communicating with your home is a simple touch away.
Don’t tangle yourself with multiple apps and passwords for everything you keep in your home; your best bet is to invest in a smart home security system that allows you to both secure and automate your home very easily. Looking for an affordable suggestion? Try Piper & its smart switch!
3) Get a dog: If you’re a dog person and have the time to properly care for one, the money to feed it and get it medical attention when needed, then why not get a pet dog? Not only will they bring joy to your life and help you feel more comfortable about living alone, they also double as a security system – especially if you place ‘Beware of Dog’ signage around your home! Intruders can’t tell whether the barking noises coming from your home as they approach are from a Great Dane or a Chihuahua, so they’re very likely to dart at the first sign of a loud animal being inside!
4) Equip your home with door/window sensors: Door/window sensors are a great way to know what’s going on in the areas of your home that you can’t see. When you equip your home with these handy accessories, you’ll always be notified the moment doors and/or windows in your home are opened.
Are you also paranoid that your guests go through your medicine cabinets just to be nosy? Do you have a pool or liquor cabinet that you don’t want your guest’s children getting into while you aren’t paying attention? Door/window sensors are great for potentially notifying you of those situations before they get to the point of no return.
5) Buy a home with windows near the front door: I can’t say enough how important this is! You want to always be sure of who’s at the door before you open it. So when house hunting, try to make it a priority to find a home that either has windows next to the front door for you to peek through, or a peephole for you to look through before deciding whether or not you want to open in.
So, there you have it; a list of simple and cost-effective ways to make living alone much safer. Is there something you’d add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below – they could save a life!