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10 Smart Home Safety Tips for Spring

Published 03/22/2022 by General Security

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After staying inside throughout the winter chill with the heat turned up and lights always switched on to brighten the short days, spring is finally in the air. Days are becoming longer and warmer, landscaping and flowers are in full bloom, and homeowners are  spending more time outdoors or away from home. 

As you likely closed the previous year with winter safety preparations after safely storing holiday lights and decorations, each new season requires a new set of accompanying security and maintenance measures.

When conducting your annual spring cleaning and safety tasks, consider pairing protective measures with accompanying smart technologies through the Alarm.com app, such as remote outdoor video surveillance; heating, cooling, and lighting; fire and life safety; and others.

 

Below we’ll outline our top tips for safeguarding your family, home, and property this spring.


 

1. Check, Test & Inspect Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

When the clocks “spring forward” one hour with Daylight Saving Time, it’s also time to check and inspect your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring these work efficiently with full batteries can be the difference between injuries, damages, and even death.

It’s important to listen for specific beeping and chirping sounds, both of which have distinct tones signifying potential issues such as emergencies, low batteries, or device replacement.  

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Directly connect carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to your security system’s 24/7 Central Station Monitoring service for immediate responses from local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

 

2. Clean & Reposition Outdoor Security Cameras

After a long winter of snow, ice, and high winds, it’s crucial to review placement and positioning of outdoor security cameras around your property and porch areas. This ensures suspicious activities and unwelcome intruders appear on video surveillance feeds.

As warmer weather entices homeowners to venture out, a clearly positioned doorbell camera can thwart front-porch package thefts. Often occurring during daylight hours, these so-called “porch pirates” keep watch for unattended deliveries.

When properly positioning outdoor security cameras, General security recommends mounting these devices between 8 and 10 feet from the ground. This is low enough to capture even the smallest details, while still keeping thieves at bay.

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Placing security cameras away from direct sunlight or other bright areas is best for avoiding distorted or blocked imagery and video. 

 

When conducting your annual spring cleaning and safety tasks, consider pairing protective measures with accompanying smart technologies through the Alarm.com app.

3. Review Outdoor Lighting & Motion Detection

When illuminating front-porches and other outdoor areas, spring is the perfect season to check for missing or inactive light bulbs. Suitable and economical for low energy consumption, consider pairing LED bulbs to turn on and off at certain times via Alarm.com app smart controls.

Adding motion detection sensors to outdoor areas lets burglars know they're being watched, while smart settings can trigger in-home activities such as turning on lights and music with pre-set controls. You can even set up tripwires and activity zones should any unwelcome individuals breach these areas.

For additional safeguards, Alarm.com recently introduced its Perimeter Guard solution. When combined with video analytics and compatible security cameras, trespassers will be made aware of on-premises security cameras blaring loud whistles and beeps, and flashing red lights. *Note: cameras must be equipped with both visible LEDs and speakers to activate this feature.

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Add video analytics and motion detection to review security camera footage from any mobile device. 

 

4. Ensure Contact Sensors Are Properly Placed on Windows & Doors

Contact sensors provide immediate alerts when windows and doors are left ajar or unlocked. Activated upon separation from their sensors—these can also trigger alerts and alarms to predetermined changes in thermostat temperatures, lighting, and more. It’s best to place these devices on the magnetic side and out of reach to avoid malfunctions, false notifications, and damage and tampering. 

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While you can place contact sensors on your own, consult a reputable service provider such as General Security for assistance.

 

5. Keep Garages & Sheds Secure

One of the least anticipated “spring cleaning” chores is undoubtedly cleaning out garages and sheds. With warmer weather approaching and more time spent outdoors, you’ll be tempted to leave these structures open. While this provides easy access, it’s also an invitation for thieves to slip into your home through an attached garage door. Make sure sheds are kept secure with smart locks boasting personalized security codes. 

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Add automated garage door openers and locks with accompanying smart controls.

 

6. Inspect Chimneys, Roofs & Gutters

Spring is the ideal time of year to revisit roofs and gutters to clear out any collected leaves. With the proper equipment and a sturdy ladder, check for winter storm damage to roof shingles, chimney flashing, or gutters. If you’re unsure, it’s best to enlist a professional roofing contractor and chimney specialist for assistance. 

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Spring is also primetime for birds and other animals seeking warm spots. Make sure any openings around gutters and chimney flashings are properly adjusted and sealed. 

 

7. Manage Unsuspecting Water Leaks

Before turning on outdoor water spigots, hoses, and sprinkler systems, it’s first recommended to check for any leaks and drippage—which could lead to water damage. Adding flood and temperature sensors can help alleviate these worries with quick, real-time moisture and leak detection alerts via the Alarm.com app.

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Consider adding the Alarm.com Smart Water Valve + Meter to quickly identify leaks and moisture. This Z-wave water shutoff valve will also automatically provide data and insight on water usage for cost and other efficiencies.

 

8. Clear Any Overgrown Landscaping & Vegetation

To avoid overgrown or dead shrubs, trees, and hedges, it’s best to regularly maintain and water these areas or enlist a professional landscaping service for help. Not only are these prime hiding spots for unsuspecting thieves, they can also conceal areas otherwise detected via outdoor security cameras.

Neglected landscaping and cluttered front-porch areas could convey the home is unoccupied or abandoned, making it a target for burglaries and other unsavory activities. 


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Remotely control your outdoor watering schedules from anywhere with a smart sprinkler system.

 

9. Adjust & Clean HVAC Filters & Vents

Warmer weather calls for adjusting cooling and heating sources per exterior temperatures. Check to ensure your HVAC unit is updated or have a licensed professional inspect and clean the system.

Air conditioning return and supply vents should be checked regularly for optimal function. If using a central HVAC system, replacing filters is necessary for air quality and energy efficiency.


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Reset thermostats to turn up and down at specific times via the Alarm.com app. 

 

10. Create a Home Safety Maintenance Checklist

Discuss with your family what to include in your home safety and maintenance plan for additional leverage in case of an unforeseen situation. 

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Download this free Home Safety Checklist from General Security to get started.

 

Readying Your Home for the Spring Season

When conducting Spring cleaning and safety plans, it’s best to work with a reputable services provider such as General Security for help and guidance.


General Security provides home security and safety measures for homeowners along the U.S. East Coast. Request a free quote to learn more about these and other tips.


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