Safety advice for moving into a new property

Moving home is exciting, this is the start of a new life, you are about to begin a new journey and you don’t want anything to spoil the moment.

Without sounding boring, it’s worth taking a step back when you move into a new house, give yourself a moment to perform a safety check on the property, test the security and look for any improvements you could make.

We suggest doing the following at Mike B Security…

1.  Upgrade door locks

Try the front door locks by all means, test they work okay but seriously consider replacing them as well.

Yes, the chances are the previous owners are totally above board and really honest, they’ll hand you back all the spare keys they have and everything will be fine.

However, just in case there are a few ‘spare’ keys to your property flying around, change the locks, this way you have total control over who has access to your house.

2. Check window locks

Go around the windows at the new property. Test they open and close okay and check the window locks.

Are the locks in fine fettle? If not have them replaced, don’t make your windows easy entry points for burglars.

3. Test the burglar alarm

Perform a practice test on the burglar alarm for piece of mind. Set the code, try entering the property, and see if the siren sounds.

If you have a numerical code for the alarm, see if you can change it to something that’s more personal to you, not only will you be able to remember it easier, you’ll improve security at your home at the same time.

4. Test outdoor lighting

Do you have security lighting installed outside the property? Test it to see how well it performs. If the lights aren’t working try changing the bulbs, if this still doesn’t work think about getting the lights fixed or have them replaced.

5. Try the smoke alarms

Go around the property testing any indoor smoke alarms. Push the test function on the smoke detectors and see if they emit a high-pitched beep.  A lack of sound might indicate the battery needs replacing. Change it, test it and see if this fixes the problem.

Smoke alarms are relatively inexpensive to buy, they’re simple to fit and they really do save lives.

6. Fit carbon monoxide detectors

Got gas appliances in the house? Buy a carbon monoxide monitor.

Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, you can’t see it, you can’t hear it, and you certainly can’t smell it. If you have old gas appliances in the house you could be at risk, fit a monoxide monitor and be aware of any dangers.

You can perform all of these security/safety procedures as soon as you move into your new home – imagine the sense of relief this will bring!