Inexpensive Fixes for a Safer Home

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Inexpensive Fixes for a Safer Home

Improve the security of your home with these tips.


Every homeowner wants to protect the safety of their property. From locking the doors and windows to keeping the property in good condition, there are many ways to keep a home safe. There are some simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can handle to make your home safe – whether you’re good at DIY or not! Take a look at these inexpensive fixes.


Clean your lint screens every time you use your dryer. This one of the leading causes of fires and is easily preventable.


Check your appliances. Your home’s appliances are the most common source of water leaks in homes, so it’s worth taking a look at least once a year to check for problems. Look for kinks and cracks in hoses leading into your washer and dishwasher, and consider using reinforced hoses for added security.

Add stability to stairs. Are your home’s railings rickety and old? If so, consider replacing them with new rails. Add non-slip strips, particularly to outdoor stairs, to prevent slips and trips.

Reduce clutter. Everything from small tables to poorly-placed rugs to the pet’s toys can become a tripping hazard. Make sure that your home is adequately laid out to avoid trips and tidy up the clutter often.

Test the detectors. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Check them regularly to ensure they’re in good condition, replacing the batteries if needed. Also, consider testing your home for radon, a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can be dangerous over time.

Replace your filters. Keep your furnace filter and air ducts clean by replacing the filter often. A clogged filter can cause the system to work harder, pulling in more energy, as well as recycling poor quality air. Additionally, consider adding some of nature’s air filters: plants!


Along with these fixes, protect your home by securing reliable homeowners insurance. When you’re ready to secure reliable homeowners insurancetalk to the team at Dougherty Insurance. We can help you find the right coverage you’re looking for.

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