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10 February 2021

How to Give Your House Alarm & Home Safety Tune-Up

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.

1: Create an emergency action plan for your family

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:

  • Where to meet in an emergency, and how to get there.
  • Roles and responsibilities. For example, who dials for help?
  • How to navigate specific hazards, such as smoke.
  • Emergency contacts: who else will you alert?

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.


2: Prioritize yard tasks with security benefits

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.


3: Connect with your neighbours on security

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.

4: Give your house alarm a technology an audit

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:

  • A mobile app to control everything, see what's going on, and stay connected to home.
  • Optional Professional monitoring for emergencies.
  • The ability to add Home security devices like CCTV, doorbell cameras, and smart locks.

GoKonnect Smart Home security systems include all of the above and more, with expert support at every step.


5: Show intruders they're not welcome

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


6: Get your lighting in shape for summer

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. 

7: Educate your kids on safety at home

We teach our kids to stay safe in the outside world. You should also teach safety at home—especially to older kids who want to stay home alone when you're out. Your kids should know:

  • Never to post on social media that they're home alone
  • Never to answer the door to strangers
  • How to lock up and arm the House Alarm
  • What to do if they smell smoke or discover an emergency

8: Set up new alerts for home safety

GoKonnect’s smartphone alerts help you stay one step ahead of danger. To enhance your safety at home, set up the following:

  • Geo-Services reminders: When you don't leave home as often, it's easy to make home security mistakes like forgetting to lock the door when you do. Our Geo-Services reminders use your location to alert you if you leave home with your security system disarmed or your door unlocked so that you can secure the house remotely.
  • Contact sensor alerts: If your kids are exploring the house more than usual, setting up alerts for doors and windows will let you know if they're going places they aren't supposed to or leave entry points to your home unsecured.
  • Unexpected Activity: these alerts look out for your family by letting you know when something happens that doesn't match your home's everyday activity patterns.

9: Inspect your House Alarm and safety devices

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.


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