If you truly want your home to be a sanctuary, you need to do what you can to make it a safe place for everyone that enters. There is more to creating a safe home than simply putting in smoke detectors, although those are extremely important. You want to make sure that your home is a place where you don’t have to fear nightfall and you don’t have to worry about your child falling out of a window.

When it comes to having a safer home you really do need to look at the big picture. Consider everything. Here are some of the things that you should be doing to make a safe and happy home.

Burglar Proof It

Even people that live in a good area that rarely sees break-ins can still experience them. Things change in areas all the time, and the good and the bad come with those changes. If there is a vacant house next door all of a sudden, that could increase the chances as well.

You can do things to help burglar proof your home, though. Some things that can help are locks on the windows, deadbolts on the doors, and even having motion sensor lights on your front porch and outside your garage. Those light will also help you feel safer when you come home late at night.

Baby/Toddler Proof It

Child safety is important in homes with children, and not only will burglar proofing make your family safer, but there are things you can do inside to help keep them safe as well. Invest in child-proofing devices, for one thing. You’ll want to keep them out of the toilet, which can be a drowning hazard, and out of cupboards, which can hurt little fingers and hands.

You also want to make sure that you’re anchoring down any large furniture. Children like to climb and an improperly anchored dresser could seriously injure your child.

Use Better Cleaners

The cleaners you use to clean your home could be posing a hazard, mainly to your lungs. However, not cleaning your home can be just as bad. You need to be keeping dust and mold at bay, which means regular cleaning that includes dusting and vacuuming.

When you’re shopping for cleaners for your home look for stuff made from natural and organic ingredients. You could also consider making your own from stuff you already have at home, like baking soda and lemon juice.

Get Organized

An organized home is also a safer place to be. If you’ve ever watched one of those shows on hoarding you know how dangerous clutter can be. You risk tripping, you risk being buried under an avalanche of stuff, and you risk gross toxic air if any of your hoard is garbage, food, or critters (even pets) get into it!