With the festive season around the corner, many people have already begun to get their homes ready for the holidays. Ahead of the stream of family and friends visiting during this period, for some this means just a major clean-up; for others it could mean minor renovations such as painting and repairs.
No matter how big or small your festive plans may be you cannot forget safety and security in and around your home. “There are some practical safety measures that can be implemented in this regard,” said Martin Kriel Managing Director of ADT Security East Coast Region.
“If you are expecting a delivery or workmen at your home, contact the companies before-hand to find out what time you can expect them, how many of their staff will be coming and who the supervisor is that will accompany them.”
He suggested that when the workmen do arrive, ask for the supervisor and if there is any doubt that they are not who they say they are, contact the employer again.
“If unfamiliar individuals are going to work inside your home, be sure to lock away any valuables that are small enough to fit into a pocket or backpack, or that would not be easily missed if they were to disappear. The same goes for car and house keys.”
“If you have guard dogs, don’t lock them away while workmen are on your premises. Have a family member keep them aside when the contractors are moving in and out of your home, but let the workmen be aware that they are there.”