Home security is quite a bit more multi-faceted than most people understand it to be. Though there exists a great deal of merit and importance to protecting yourself from the obvious threats (burglary, home invasion and the like), it’s important not to lose sight of more subtle hazards. We’ve conditioned ourselves to think of home security as a series of problems that originate externally, but we must be diligent in protecting ourselves from dangers that originate from inside our living spaces as well. Read on to learn about three potential interior perils and how you can effectively guard against them:

Fire

It’s easy to understand why house fires strike so many people as a negligible risk. House fires seem so rare that it’s hard to imagine that it could actually happen to us, right? Wrong. Not only are they far more common than we believe, but fires are easily one of the most destructive things that can happen to a home, so it’s important to understand how to defend oneself against them. It’s worth noting that, in terms of home fires, the kitchen is the most dangerous area in the home. According to a National Fire Protection Association study, Fires beginning in the kitchen account for 41 percent of home fires and 15 percent of home fire deaths. Make sure that your kitchen and the rest of your home is protected by arming each level of your house or apartment with fire extinguishers and our monitored smoke detectors. These devices notify your local fire department of smoke or rising temperatures even when your system is disarmed via our alarm monitoring service.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous things you can encounter inside your home. It’s an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is lethal when inhaled in high enough concentrations. This gas can be produced in combustion fumes, such as those put out by stoves, ranges, lanterns and heating systems. Of course, most modern equipment you’ll have in your home will have some safeguards against emitting this gas, but you’ll still want to take measures to avoid potentially coming into contact with it. Try positioning our carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your house, ideally near the living areas in which you spend the most time, such as the living room or the bathroom. Avoid placing them directly near a stove or fireplace so as to obtain the most accurate readings possible.

Water Damage

Water damage can seriously reduce the resale value of any home. Of course, a flood will make itself readily apparent if you’re home, but what if you aren’t? If a pipe were to burst while you were at work or on vacation, the water damage would grow worse with each passing moment until you arrived home and were able to neutralize the damage. Make sure that you’re aware the second a flooding problem arises by installing our flood sensors. Place one of these on the lowest level of your home or in your basement. Our sensors notify you at the first sign of water so that you have enough time to have your water shut off and move any valuables that may be in harms way.