Summer is here which means BBQ and patio season have arrived in full force. There’s no better way to spend the evening than to relax on your deck while the evening begins to turn into a dark and quiet escape. But how can you make sure you’re keeping your home and family safe while spending more time outside? Here are a few preventative ideas to employ so that you can spend the rest of the season doing what you love best!
- Be Aware of your Neighborhood
Each neighborhood is different. If you live in a busy city, you may not be able to leave plants, chairs, or lighting outside your front door area. While these items may be ripe for the picking, this leaves homeowners in a bind on how to decorate and enjoy the season without facing a loss of items. If you’ve just moved into a new home, be conscious of the area and take stock on the houses on the street. What do you see? Are there chairs, decorations, and flowers visibly accessible? If so, chances are you’ll be safe to do the same.
- Move to the Back
If you have access to a backyard, deck, or patio, it’s definitely recommended that you spend your time and energy in this location. You’ll have more privacy and you’ll be able to keep more of your festive and seasonal items in a secure location. If your backyard is accessible to the public via a side alley or an open yard, again, be conscious of the neighborhood.
- Remember To Lock Up!
It’s easy to forget to lock your back or side door when you’re constantly going in and out to your backyard escape. You might be carrying a platter of burgers to grill, or a tray of drinks, but chances are, you’re moving in and out of the house more frequently during the warmer months. Be sure that you lock the doors each time you’re done using your outdoor space. This is especially important at night.
- Build a Fence
You know the saying–good fences make good neighbors. While installing a fence may seem like a large project, you’ll reap many rewards from its arrival. First, a fence is a great way to keep your children or pets safe. You won’t have to worry about your dog racing down the sidewalk or your child running out to the street when his ball rolls out of the yard. Further, fences are a great way to add value to your property. They’re a simple solution that grants you more privacy and peace of mind all summer long.
- Invest in Sensor + Solar Lighting
Sensor lighting can be a great way to keep your backyard lit in the warmer months. Time and time again, sensor lights ward off intruders. Another great lighting idea? Invest in small solar powered lanterns or string lights. Never again will you have to worry about turning off the lights or face a dangerous electrical problem outdoors. Many large retailers like Ikea or Target sell affordable options that do more than keep you safe. They’re a great way to care for our weakened environment.