Home security tips

Whether you’re going away on a holiday or just around the corner, it’s good to know that your home is secure. Here are a few tips that will help.

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Automate your home

It’s easy to make it look like someone’s home when you’re away. WeMo sensors enable you to turn on electronic devices or lights remotely via your smartphone with a free app.

Or try the Sengled Snap,a dimmable floodlight and security system in one that can be installed by anyone.

Featuring an HD camera (1080p), two-way voice communication, customised detection zones and cloud storage, this isn’t any ordinary light.

The HD camera live streams vision from your home straight to your smartphone or tablet via an app that can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. So even if you’re on the other side of the world or just your kitchen, you can check out what’s happening at your front entrance or in your backyard, or wherever you have a Sengled Snap installed.

Not only can you see what’s happening, you can also speak to anyone within range of the Snap’s detection zone via the two-way communication system.

Find the right locks

There are many different types of locks for your windows and doors. A deadlock needs to be physically locked with a key, whereas a deadlatch self-locks without a key if you’re looking for more security. A deadbolt is an ideal second lock for a ‘key in the knob’ door. No matter which lock you choose, a good tip is to remember to have all locks keyed to match so you only need one key for every lock.

Light up with sensor lights

Sensor lights switch on when they detect movement and are a great way to increase your home security. Start by placing one at your front and back door. A solar powered light in your garden or outside your garage are ideal for areas that don’t have power.

Secure your entrance with a screen

Security screens are a great way to strengthen your home at points of entry such as doors or windows. They also allow airflow through your house without compromising on security. A good visual deterrent, they are simple to install and come in a variety of styles and colours that suit all types of homes.

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Make sure your alarm system is working

A security alarm is an effective way of keeping your home secure. However, it’s important to make sure your system is in good working order. Check to make sure all sensors are working and that nothing is impeding their field of view.

Choose the right padlock

Padlocks come in a wide range of sizes, strengths and security levels, so it is important to choose the right one for your needs. Think about where the padlock will be used and what size will suit the job. For backyard gates or a garage, a padlock with a high corrosive rating and weather protection is a great choice.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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