As Americans adjusted their clocks back to standard time, many remembered to check smoke alarm batteries as well. Home Depot has some other suggestions for home safety:
- Check for gas leaks or other harmful pollutants and make sure your furnace is in good working order. Carbon monoxide detectors retail for about $30 and will detect dangerous levels of the odorless gas.- Check your chimney. Be sure your flue is open and clear before lighting the first fire of the season. Your chimney should be equipped a spark arrester that meets local fire codes as well.
- Add outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter and darkness falls earlier, it's more important than ever to have adequate outdoor lighting. Law enforcement officials note that exterior lighting is a deterrent to residential robberies. The lighting also improves visibility for residents and guests navigating icy steps and pathways on winter nights.
- Reset automatic timers. Reprogram existing interior and exterior lighting timers to start earlier so you don't come home to a darkened house at the end of the day. And while you're at it, turn off your automatic sprinkling system and drain any pipes that may freeze.
- Lock up tight. Replace aging or worn-out door locks with new handles and deadbolts. You can add a chain or slide lock or a peep hole to identify visitors. Consider adding a universal remote control to your garage that reduces the chance that another person's garage door opener will work on your door from one in 16 to practically impossible.
- Celebrate safely. Remind children to always trick-or-treat with an adult.