Looking for a new project to start this weekend? It's good to find things that keep you and your family busy. Spending unprecedented amounts of time at home can drive you stir-crazy, and getting things done is a great antidote to stress and worries.
However, starting the wrong project can lead to a half-finished bathroom or worse. Quick and do-able is the order of the day, especially if you're extra busy during the week. Our suggestion: give your house alarm and Home safety tune-up.
It's an easy weekend activity that will keep you active, improve your home in the long run, and give you peace of mind that your home and family are safer.
Not sure what a house Alarm overhaul looks like? Here's a list of essential tasks.
If a fire broke out in your home, would everyone know what to do? Create a simple plan for emergencies to be sure that they will. A good emergency plan includes:
Create, then practice different versions of your plan for a fire, a break-in and an extreme weather event. The Red Cross recommends that you practice twice a year.
If you're a GoKonnect Smart Home user, it's easy to add a family member to your alerts as an emergency contact. And with professional monitoring, you won't need to worry about dialling 999.
In the Summer take advantage of the warm weather to inspect your hedges, bushes and trees for security hazards. You're looking for potential hiding spots that give intruders a place to lurk. Trim these areas until you have a direct line of sight to the street. Ideally, anyone in your front yard should be visible to you, your neighbours, and passers-by.
A House Alarm extends beyond your home. Teaming up with neighbours is one of Ireland’s top home security measures, and it's easy to connect with neighbours digitally when you can't meet in person.
Your neighbours can keep you informed about suspicious activity in the neighbourhood and watch your home when you're away.
Is your current House Alarm out of date and difficult to use? Spend some time researching smart home security; it's the easiest way to protect your home. A good modern security system will include:
GoKonnect Smart Home security systems include all of the above and more, with expert support at every step.
Already have a GoKonnect Smart Home System? Excellent work. But will an intruder know?
Burglars tend to take the path of least resistance and typically avoid homes with House alarms. The more visible your system is, the more you'll benefit. This means making sure that your yard signs are front and centre. Adding an outdoor security camera helps too.
Don't have a yard sign for your system? Contact us to get a free sign
You won't always be at home—but you'll always want potential intruders to think that you are. That's why smart lights are outdoor security essential. they're easy to add to your security system and ensure that intruders won't be able to hide in the dark.
For extra deterrence, GoKonnect’s Smart video analytics. This technology allows your CCTV cameras to distinguish people from animals and vehicles, and trigger your outdoor lights accordingly.
Did you test your smoke detectors when the clocks changed this spring? If not, now is the time.
Giving your house Alarm and safety devices a quick inspection every few months helps to ensure that they'll always be ready when you need them. Test your smoke detectors and clean your security cameras, using your mobile app's live feeds to make sure their angles are correct.
For additional peace of mind, set up a low battery alert for your GoKonnect Powered smoke detectors. Next time you need to change your batteries, you'll know in advance.