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A popular song from the 80s described what made a house a home. In it, the songwriter mainly focused on the assurance of love and affection. And while there may be some truth in the old trope about love making a house a home, much of that can be compromised if the proper safety and security measures aren’t in place.

Peace of mind comes with knowing you and your loved ones are safe in the place you call home. And with so much uncertainty in the world, most people would likely agree that safety and security are paramount.

With several tools and platforms that offer safety features, you can have peace of mind at their fingertips. Having that in mind, we want to be partners in ensuring people worldwide are most at peace in the places they call home. Here are ten tips to ensure your home is secure and safe.

1. Invest in a security system

It takes a certain amount of privilege to have a home security system, but it’s well worth the investment if it’s within budget. Check with your current utility and infrastructure providers to see if you can combine services that’ll provide a layer of protection to your home.

2. Secure your entry points

An advanced alarm system provides alerts, but a base level of protection can be done by putting locks on windows and doors. Adding components like bars, window film, and additional locks helps secure your home.

3. Keep a first-aid kit handy

Some form of injury is bound to happen. The human body is prone to a wide range of incidents from a clumsy fall to a significant in-home accident. In these situations, having a first-aid kit around can help alleviate the severity of injuries.

4. Wear shoes outside

This may seem simplistic, but shoe-wearing outside is optional in certain cultures. Because the great outdoors is filled with insects, fallen objects from trees and rubbish, you want to protect your feet by keeping them covered.

5. Take a break to assess how you feel

Self-care is an element of safety, too. If you’re too sleepy or too tired, you may not be able to stay as alert as you need to in certain situations. Make sure you are aware at all times.

6. Light up the outside of the home

An elaborate lighting system isn’t necessary to have proper lighting. Taking simple steps like making sure light bulbs are bright and new can be the difference in helping to prevent sketch behavior.

7. Know your surroundings

Do you know your neighbors? Are you aware of all the nuances of your neighborhood? Understanding your surroundings keeps you ahead of the game in times of distress.

8. Lock down your Wi-Fi

You pay a lot for your internet services, so the associated cost alone should be enough to make sure your services are secure. Also, locking your Wi-Fi can help prevent scammers from accessing your information.

9. Use gates and closures where necessary

If you have young children, pets or senior family members, putting in stair gates and electric covers can help prevent mistakes and accidents.

10. Get a safe or fireproof box

Protecting your essential documents and valuables in a secure space can be all the difference in a fire or burglary incident.

While these tips are not an exhaustive list, they are a start in ensuring your home is at peak safety. Prioritize your peace of mind and level up your home safety measures.

This article was brought in collaboration with OnStar. As you venture out– wherever that may be– know that OnStar is standing by, and ready to offer assistance when you need it. Stay connected and get more tips and content via our OnStar Hub.