Security Systems with Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Monitors Can Help Protect Homes

(Family Features) Each season brings new threats to the safety of your home and family. In 2012, the U.S. experienced multiple major weather events including Hurricane Sandy. This year is likely to be no different. Be prepared by following these simple tips to avoid the devastation caused by home fires, break-ins and weather-related disasters.

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By implementing these easy precautions your home will be a safer place.

  • Prepare for fire safety. Be prepared by ensuring that your home's smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors are well maintained. This includes installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, regularly replacing their batteries and changing out old alarms every 10 years. When the time comes to replace your detectors, consider a First Alert product.
  • Protect against theft. Take proper home security precautions to keep your family safe. The use of deadbolts on doors, locks on windows, motion-sensor lights on driveways and walkways can help deter theft. Many home security kits allow you to customize your own "do-it-yourself" security package. Your local RadioShack offers a variety of options to support all of your home security needs.
  • Make a plan. Plan and prepare your family for the havoc brought-on by inclement weather. With your family, discuss your plan for dangerous weather. It is also essential to build a weather safety kit containing a flashlight, portable power for your electronics, an emergency radio, walkie talkies, bottled water and dry goods. Stocking up on extra alkaline batteries is always a good idea in case of emergency. A two-pack of Enercell 9V batteries at RadioShack is a small investment to keep your family safe.

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