As Hurricane Season begins, it is important to make sure you plan to ensure the safety of your family and home. Unlike other natural disasters that come with little to no warning, hurricanes allow us a few days to prepare our homes before the impacts are felt. As a local New Orleans company, ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm knows the stresses that come with preparing for a storm. Here are a few tips to help protect the security of your home during hurricane season.
Brace Your Windows
Whether it is with shutters or wooden boards, it is important to cover your windows to prevent damage from the high winds. Windows that are broken by a storm give burglars access to your home without having to worry about your alarm system’s window sensors. It is also important to remove or secure any items in your yard that could become projectiles and damage windows on your neighbors’ homes.
Test Your Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With the threat of a hurricane comes the increased chance of a home fire or carbon monoxide release. Home fires can happen from damages to your electrical system and using a generator can release carbon monoxide in your home. Be sure to manually test your security system’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors before the storm hits.
Do Not Share Your Evacuation Plans with Everyone
Just like when you go out of town for vacation, you should not publicly share that you are evacuating (especially on social media). Remember burglars are opportunistic and letting them know your house will be empty for a while is an open invitation to them. Let your close family and friends know where you are heading to safety and if you have any neighbors staying home let them know and ask them if they can keep an eye on your house.
With home alarm service from ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm, you can be at ease knowing your home and family are protected during severe weather events. If you are interested in installing a residential security system, contact us to schedule a free consultation.