Your safety starts at home, with you. It’s up to you to choose to become aware of your surroundings and environment.
The following principles are the fundamentals for addressing and resolving exposure to risks. It’s important to consider expert assistance when developing effective plans and new strategies. By empowering yourself with the knowledge and know-how to improve your safety you become aware to otherwise unnoticed risks and can work to develop a proactive, not reactive attitude.
Here are three simple hints to be safer at home:
Identify Hazards. This assessment is your honest ability to rate and establish your baseline. Primary matters to consider are your location, access to emergency and police services, utilities, crime trends and street access. Secondary matters include landscaping, lighting, parking and physical barriers. Lastly, you should consider monitoring capabilities and detection devices such as video surveillance, alarm monitoring, automation, electronic access control, perimeter monitoring, and lighting.
Analyze Risks. Based on your observations, or those from a qualified expert, a master plan with an analysis of each risk should be drafted and contain measures to mitigate and resolve your exposure. By associating risk with resolution, you develop plans with recommendations to upgrade your existing situation. Developing three upgrades per issue can help guarantee you follow through to completion. Having options is a good idea when determining what best suits your needs and is most realistic for your situation and budget.
Mitigate Hazards. To ensure best results, after your assessment and receiving your master plans, you must implement and enforce your new plan. Depending on the type of upgrade, this may include new security systems, monitoring services, surveillance systems, storage devices, electronic access controls, perimeter monitoring, barrier devices, signage, lighting, audible and visual signals, traffic control devices, and the hardening of physical security such as doors, windows, locks and walls. These changes may include utilizing ballistic material, biometric and radio frequency identification devices. Some basic upgrades may include the addition of first aid kits, electrical outlet covers, slip-and -fall devices, fire extinguishers, weapon and money safes, flashlights and ensuring adequate water and food supplies. Once changes are made, we recommend regular inspections and maintenance from qualified system inspectors or engineer.
Taking small steps leads to enhance your safety begins with basic changes to daily routine and habits. Make it a point to begin with the simple things such as always locking your doors, your car, arming your alarms, and avoid posts to social media regarding travel. These simple yet important steps will eventually lead to safer habits.