Household Safety Tips

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1. Make it a habit to inform members or housemates on your where about. Know also the places where your love ones frequently go. Know their friends and the people they usually go out with.

2. Conduct a thorough background check on any person you are hiring as driver, household help, baby sitter, gardener or security guard. Require them to secure clearances from the police, NBI, and the barangay.

3. In answering the phone, do not divulge your name and important information to strangers. Always take down the names of callers and their messages including the date and time of their calls.

4. If you are a woman and live alone, list only your first initial and last name on the mailbox, or in the telephone directory.

5. Never let strangers into your home to use the telephone. Make the call for them while they wait outside.

6. If you receive a wrong number phone call, don’t give out your name or phone number.

7. If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up and call the police.

8. Be alert and aware of your surroundings before opening the gate or the door. If possible, use a safety latch on the door. Immediately report any suspicious person or vehicle seen in the vicinity. Beware of people befriending your household help or who are asking too many questions about those in the house.

9. When arriving home by private or public conveyance like a taxi, ask the driver to wait until you are safety inside.

10. Have the door key in your hand so you can open the door immediately when you return home.

11. Know who is at your door before opening it. Wide angle door viewers (180 degrees or 190 degrees) enable you to identify the visitor. You can see the person, but that person can’t see you.

12. Never rely on chain locks. They are only a private lock, not a security lock.

13. Never let anyone into your home without proper identification. Don’t be afraid to ask for identification.

14. When moving in to a new apartment or residence, always have the locks re-keyed, or changed.

15. Never dress in front of windows.  Always close the drapes when doing so.

16. If you suspect anyone is in your house. Do not go in. Go to a neighbor and call the police.

17. Always leave outside lights on after dark, or use motion lights.

18. List important information, like serial numbers of appliances in the house. This will aid in the recovery of stolen items.

19. Secure valuables, like money, jewelry, and important documents in a safe to protect them from robbery or fire.

20. Avoid displaying valuable things in the backyard to prevent any break-in. Keep them out of sight and out of reach from the outside.

21. Use widow curtains to prevent people from seeing the inside of the house.

22. Unplug all electrical appliances before leaving the house or better yet, turn off the main fuse to prevent electrical fire.

23. Entrust your house only to people you absolutely trust or ask relatives to remain in your house until you return.

24. Post a list near the telephone containing emergency numbers of the Police Station, Fire Station, and Barangay headquarters in your locality.

25. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police.

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