Security is a big deal for your home. Installing security features such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, locks, alarms and camera systems are almost always within the realm of the safety-minded DIYer. Most DIY home safety and security projects are suitable for an afternoon or weekend and can improve the safety and resale value of your home, making them worthwhile to pursue.
DIY Fire and Carbon Monoxide Protection
Fire and carbon monoxide detectors go hand-in-hand. Having one in each bedroom and by any utility rooms, basements or large appliances (for example, heating systems, ovens, and dryers) is a good idea. Along with your hazard detectors, you should also install fire extinguishers in easy to reach locations throughout your home – and know how to use them in case of an emergency.
Detectors come in two standard forms: wired-in or battery operated. Wired-in detectors are powered directly through your home’s wiring. Battery powered detectors mount on your wall with a screw or two and are powered by a battery – usually 9 volt. While each type has its benefits and drawbacks, both are fairly easy to install. Fire extinguishers require little else except being able to mount a bracket capable of holding the weight of the extinguisher without falling.
DIY Lock Upgrades
Have you changed your locks since you moved in? If you haven’t, now’s the time to think about upgrading — there’s no telling who the previous owners gave a key to or whether your locks will hold up under pressure due to age or wear and tear.
Installing a new lock requires removing the old one. If the new lock you’ve chosen doesn’t fit the holes drilled for the previous lock, you’ll need to fill the old holes and drill new ones. From there, it’s a matter of popping the lock in place and securing it.
In addition to standard doorknob locks, deadbolts, slider locks, hasps, and padlocks can all be used to beef up your home security. Go hog wild and upgrade your security with locks on your doors, windows, and even crawlspace or attic access hatches.
DIY Alarms and Security Cameras
Installing alarms and security cameras has never been easier or more cost-effective. In today’s world of smart homes, you can buy cameras and alarms that will send alerts directly to your phone using your home’s wireless internet. Options to meet every budget from barebones to luxury are available, with outstanding quality, clarity, and features that are better than ever before.
Like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you’ll need to decide whether you want battery operated or wired-in cameras. The install is fairly similar for both. You’ll also need to decide where you want the cameras and alarms located. Door and window alarms are standard, while camera locations might focus on the exterior of the home.
Safety and Security Upgrades for Your Home
Gone are the days where you need to hire a professional security company to beef up the safety and security of your home. With a variety of DIY-friendly options available at all price points, adding security features to your home is easier and cheaper than any other time. Examine your needs and plan a weekend full of making sure your home is as safe and secure as possible from natural and manmade threats.