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Weather’s Impact on Your Home Security

blog-default Whether or not you decide to install a DIY home security system or go to the best alarm company to install a digital security system complete with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices, think of the weather. Why? Because weather that can cause fires, earthquakes, wind and hail can impact home security.
Home security equipment which includes smoke alarms is probably the best investment you can make to fireproof your home. At a cost of between $6 and $40, smoke alarms save lives. These measures can help protect you 24/7 by constantly monitoring the air for fire and smoke.
Heat and smoke rise. So, it is important to install your alarms at the proper levels. For example, smoke alarms are usually mounted high on ceilings or walls, three feet away from vents or kitchen/bathroom doors.
An automatic residential sprinkler system can actually put a fire out. Sprinklers can be built into approved piping on new construction or retrofitted to the water supply of an existing home.
Buying and having all of your family members learn how to operate a fire extinguisher can also be a life and property saving device.
As many as 5,000 earthquakes occur each year and they have wreaked havoc in all 50 states. Damage from an earthquake means damage to your dwelling and possibly other structures (such as a garage) that result from the vibrating, shaking and cracking caused by an earthquake.
Protect your loved ones from an earthquake’s destruction. You can do this by making sure you:
• Keep beds away from breakable windows.
• Secure large furniture pieces (including TVs).
• Have earthquake training sessions for family members.
• Know how to turn off the gas, electric and water.
• Keep a stocked home emergency kit.
• Install cabinet and door latches to prevent contents from tumbling from shelves.
• Secure computers and small appliances (microwaves, toasters, etc.) to counter, table or desk tops.
• Affix bookcases and filing cabinets to walls.
This is a powerful force that can attack your home with sudden, brief intensive gusts of more than 50 mph. Make sure your house can withstand the strongest storms that touch down in your area.
During a windstorm it’s important to make sure the wind forces move through the home—from the roof down the walls to the foundation.
Affix your roof by making sure the sheathing (the boards that need to be affixed to the rafters) is properly nailed and the gables (the side walls of the roof) are properly braced.
Homes in tornado and hurricane prone areas also require extra home reinforcing to protect from the winds. This could include addtional support around the doors, windows and other structurally weak areas of the home.
Like wind, hail can cause significant damage to homes. Hailstones can sometimes form into pieces as large as 1.5 inches in diameter.
You might consider impact resistant asphalt to protect your roof from hail, especially for homes in areas like Texas which experience a brutal sun that can weaken roofs.