Whether you work from home out of choice or necessity, there may be some of benefits of this increasingly common type of work situation. For most, commuting a few steps from your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom to your home office may beat sitting in traffic on a daily commute. It’s likely you’ll stay healthier working at home too, whether that means avoiding the COVID-19 coronavirus or the common cold.
Although telecommuting has benefits, there are also a few potential drawbacks. Your kids, pets or significant other may constantly be demanding attention, distracting you from your job.
In addition, you’re not protected by the traditional gatekeepers and colleagues at regular workplaces. At home, you’re more likely to be bugged by telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople. Worse still, working at home could even expose you to potential dangers from the outside world, ranging from prowlers to burglars to home invaders.
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When you’re engrossed in a project, it’s easy to lose that innate situational awareness that would normally alert you to dangers around or in your home. Whether you’re tapping away at your keyboard, talking on the phone or engaging with colleagues via Slack, Zoom or another online workplace medium, you need to have another set of “ears and eyes” watching out for you.
Alarms provide one of the easiest ways to warn you of potential trouble. A huge array of options are available to suit just about any budget and any residence, no matter what the size.
Standalone alarms offer the most affordable approach. They are inexpensive to buy. Even better, you won’t have to pay fees to a security company for installation or monitoring.
Windows and doors are the most common places for the bad guys to break into buildings, so you will want to protect those first. You can start with just one or two alarms, like a door or window alarm. Then you can add more as your budget and security requirements dictate.
For a more advanced approach, consider a wireless home alarm system. Although they offer elevated features like keypad controls, these alarm systems won’t require monthly payments to a security company either.
Because they don’t require wires, you can easily install them yourself. In addition to wireless door and window alarms, these systems can include wireless motion sensors.
To learn about someone’s arrival before they even get to your door or try to jimmy a window, consider adding a driveway alert. These DIY-friendly wireless devices can detect a vehicle or car coming into your driveway and give you a loud, audible alarm.
Protecting Your Home, Family and Property
Audible alarms can alert you as well as neighbors and passersby to potential trouble. In many cases, they will also scare off would-be intruders.
But a small minority of thugs may not be deterred even by a loud alarm. That’s when it’s important to have some backup.
A door security bar can provide extra protection against someone who has a key or is trying to force open your door. Look for models that can be used on sliding patio doors as well as traditional hinged doors. The most adaptable ones are lightweight and compact but strong, so you can take them on the road and use them at motels and other places when you are traveling. A door-stop alarm is another option to keep intruders out.
In fact, you can deploy several powerful pepper spray and pepper gel home-defense kits at doors and other strategic areas around your place for quick reaction. You will find home defense kits on the market suitable for repelling one intruder or a group.It’s also smart to back up a door alarm with a self-defense device like pepper spray. This combo gives you a one-two punch. If the intruder isn’t frightened off by the audible alarm, you can use pepper spray or pepper gel to ward off a home invasion. Lightweight and compact, a canister of pepper gel or spray can either be kept by the door or at your side so you will always be ready to use it if necessary.
Just like your home insurance, these are products you hope you will never have to use. But if and when an emergency arises, you will be glad you have them — just like a good insurance policy.