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How To Be Safe At Home

Updated on September 30, 2009

Most accidents happen right at home. Developing a plan of action to avoid potentially dangerous situations can help to protect you in your own home. Experts agree that security and protection are the best ways to take charge of home safety.


  1. Constant awareness within your environment is the best weapon to protect your personal safety. Always be aware of your surroundings and evaluate your home for possible security problems.

  2. Develop a plan of action. Act out a mental game of “what if...” and determine where you would go and what you would do if a dangerous situation occurred. Home break ins, inclement weather and storms, power outages, and falling accidents can wreak havoc on home security and safety.

  3. Trust your instincts! Many people who have been assaulted had a feeling that something was not right just before they were attacked. Pay attention to your feelings, instincts are powerful and many people were forewarned about threatening situations.

  4. Over 50% of all assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. Pay attention if someone you know seems to be paying unwanted attention to you. If you feel threatened, do not shrug it off and think you're being silly, or that it's nothing to worry about.

  5. Don't wear headphone radios or other electronic devices that make it difficult to hear what's going on in your surroundings. Home invasions provide the perfect scenario if a criminal is looking for privacy. Be alert, be aware at all times.

  6. If someone should threaten you when you're outside your home, yell “Fire” instead of “Help” or “Rape.” Families have pools and play areas in their yards, and children sometimes, jokingly, call out “help” or “rape” to get a friend's attention. But, rarely does anyone yell “Fire” without a reason.

  7. If an attack happens when you are outside, shout to let others that you do not know the attacker. Get bystanders attention. Don't let them mistake the encounter for a domestic quarrel.

  8. Consider purchasing a wearable emergency call alarm. A personal security device can contact emergency personnel for you. If you are not able to get to your phone, a personal security device can summon the help you need.

The new personal security devices are disguised as pendants on a necklace chain or wristwatches. All you need to do is press the panic button and the device will contact an emergency call center. You can speak to the operator like you would if you had your phone in your hand.

Personal security devices can be your friend in need.


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