Is Your Garage a Security Risk?

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Is my garage safe? Like your home you do all you can to ensure that this part of your property is burglar-proof and free from fire hazards. After all, it contains one of your most valuable possessions – your car. Not only that, you also have tools, equipment, other vehicles, or recreational devices of significant value stored within it. Have you ever considered that your garage could be a potential entry point for intruders? Or considering whether certain safety risks may arise from this area? You might just want to consider the following if you truly value home security. To prevent your garage from becoming an entry point for burglars and to make your garage secure and hazard-free, we suggest you follow these tips: Clean and Organise Interiors It’s hard to tell whether that clanking noise coming from your garage is caused by a tool falling or an intruder if your garage is disorganised. On the other hand, if everything is in its proper place and the area is cleaned regularly, you will be more suspicious if you hear any unusual activity in your garage. Leave Garage Doors Closed Take a walk in your neighbourhood when you can, count how many open garage doors you can find – you may be surprised by what you discover. Make sure your doors are closed even if you’re away for no more than 5 minutes. Never compromise or be lax about house security. It only takes one opportunistic visit from a burglar to lose thousands of dollars’ worth of property. Reinforce Windows and Make a Peephole Install grilles or horizontal bars to...

Ways to Keep You and Your Family Safe in Extreme Weather

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In April this year, the Climate Commission stated  that “climate change has driven an increase in the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, bushfires, droughts, and hot days,”. In addition the Climate Commission’s Extreme Weather report revealed that the Southeast region of the country is “particularly vulnerable.” This statement triggered calls from the creators of the report for emergency services, governments, businesses, and private individuals to start preparing for the impending increase in unusual weather disturbances. Ask yourself are you ready for changes to weather conditions? Have you plans on how best to cope? If you do not currently have a plan in place, now is the best time to so implement one, especially given that we are in the midst of winter – a season known for extraordinary climatic events. Emergency Kits Prepare a set of supplies that will come in handy when in the midst of extreme weather disturbances. This emergency kit should contain essentials such as a flashlight and batteries, water, hand-cranked or battery-powered radio, and non-perishable food such as canned milk, juice, soup, fruits, meats, vegetables, peanut butter, granola bars, crackers, trail mix, sweets, cereals, coffee, tea, sugar, pepper, and salt. Include medical supplies such as aspirin, repellent, disposable masks, antiseptic solution, and bandages. Make sure you place this kit in a dry and secure location that you and your family are both aware of. It should not be exposed to moisture or direct heat. Emergency Plans Your family should know what to do when disaster strikes, even if everyone is not in the house or are in different locations throughout...