Posted: Dec 21, 2010 4:57 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Dec 21, 2010 4:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Recent crime and home invasions during the holidays have many people questioning how to better protect their home.
Our Home Depot "How To" expert, David Stringfellow gives us tips on how to keep your home safe with less than $100.
One of the most important ways to guard your home is to prorect the entry points, windows, doors, outside security lighting.
"One of the ways to do this is with a door club. It's made by Master Lock. It's real simple, and easy to use. It adjusts to the height of your door knob. When propped up underneath, even a big guy can't open that door," said Stringfellow.
The door club can be used on any type of surface.
To further protect your house there are a variety of electronic alarms that will help you keep intruders out. You can buy window alarms, tool box alarms, and even door alarms.
The tool box alarm along with the door alarm come with a key chain remote and that can activate or deactivate the alarm with the press of a button.
For people who use gas heaters or a gas furnace, it's important to have a carbon monoxide alarm.
Also if you don't have one, you really need a smoke alarm. You can buy a "never replace a battery" smoke alarm. Those are good for 10 years. It's important to put one in every room.
Some of these smoke alarms are voice alarms. Those tend to work better than standard smoke alarms because people wake up to voices more than noises.
If a small fire breaks out, you can protect your house very easily with a small fire extinguisher. It is the size of hair spray can and works well to put out grease, fabric, trash and electric fires.
Another way to protect your home is through outdoor security lighting.
"It's better to run people off before they get close to your house," said Stringfellow.
You can purchase several types of motion security lights, but the ones that work the best have a 270 degree protection field. It works well on the corner of the house or even on a flat spot.
You can purchase motion detector lights for about 20 dollars.
Buying all of these items can get very expensive. However, you can get started by buying just a couple of the products. Total cost for all of the items ranges around $400, but for about $100 you can get a serious upgrade in your home security.