Home safety & security tips
Protecting your family members, as well as your belongings, is one of the most important things to consider as a homeowner.
But with one in four Australian households having been burgled, and over 10,000 house fires that result in death or injury occurring every year, the statistics are far from reassuring.
Our range of monitored home security systems that can be connected to smoke detectors in your home, can be an effective way to safeguard your home against theft and fire damage.
Here are some of the simple home security tips that you can carry out today to help further protect your family, property and possessions.
Burglary and break-ins
Following these simple home security tips can help you to prevent intrusions and avoid becoming a victim of theft:
- Install a home alarm system from NRMA to protect your family and valuable possessions around the clock
- Make a list of valuable family assets and possessions that can’t be replaced, such as antiques and jewellery. Keeping your receipts in a safe place can help with any future insurance claims you may need to make
- Check your windows and doors are locked every time you leave home
- Don't leave your spare door keys outside. Even if they are hidden, professional burglars will easily be able to locate hiding spots
- Ensure you garden gates, shed and garage are all locked and always secure the doors that connect your garage to your house
- Invest in movement-activated sensor lights to deter intruders who may approach your property at night
- Confirm that your home contents insurance policy is up to date and that you insured for the correct amount to cover the replacement of contents
- When you go away on holiday make sure that you try to keep your home looking as lived in as possible – don’t advertise the fact that the house is empty
Home fire safety tips
Unfortunately there are thousands of house fires in Australia every year, many of which can result in irreparable damage, injury or death.
The tragedy is that most are started by accident, and many home fires could be prevented. Here are some simple things that you can do in your home today to help reduce the risk and prevent them from starting.
In a fire - your first priority is to get out of the property. Call 000 when you’re safely outside.
10 fire safety tips to help prevent and survive a house fire
- Install and test your smoke alarms once a month. Set a date in your calendar to change the batteries at least once every year
- Make sure everyone who lives in the house know how to get out in case of an emergency. Sit down as a group and highlights all the ways you can get out of the house (including windows)
- Always have a fire extinguisher or blanket in the kitchen and make sure that family members know how to use it correctly
- Keep matches and lighters out of sight and out of reach from children
- Be cautious with candles, oil lamps and other decorations. If possible cover the flame, and prevent children and pets from being able to easily reach the flame. If in doubt, put it out
- Keep flammable materials (such as drying washing or curtains) a safe distance away from portable heaters
- Decks are flammable so if you are using a grill or BBQ outside then have a fire extinguisher close to hand, and stay outside while you are cooking
- Built up lint can catch fire, so always clean the lint filter in your clothing dryer
- ‘Stop, cover, drop and roll’. If a person’s clothes catch alight get them to drop to the floor and roll around on the ground to help put the fire out. In a house fire the best air you can breath is near to the floor, so get down as low as possible and crawl to the nearest safe exit
- Make sure you install deadlocks that can be opened without keys from the inside. If a door does require a key to open it then make sure the key is close to hand (but not in plain sight to attract intruders)
Did you know?
- More than 40% of house fires start in the kitchen. If you're cooking food on the range then don’t leave it unattended and turn the burners off if you are leaving the room
- Never try to put out a burning fat or oil fire with water, as it will cause a dangerous explosive reaction. Use a fire blanket or put a lid on the burning pan
- Over 40% of fatalities from house fires occur in winter1. Check heating appliances on a regular basis and switch them off when they are not being used
- 350 residential house fires in NSW are started by electrical faults each year2. Don’t overuse extension cables and avoid overloading power points with too many appliances