This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s. All opinions are my own!
Almost 3 years ago, we moved into our first home. I was a brand new mom – Ryan was barely a month old – and I felt lost. While we didn’t leave the state, we did move about an hour and a half north of where we had been, to a part of the state that neither of us had grown up in or even really near. We knew no one closer than 30/40 minutes from where we were, had no neighbor really, and knew nothing about the area.
Because of that, for the first month or two, every night when Alex went to work I panicked, staying up way too late with scenarios only a sleep-deprived new mom would come up with until he came home. I was home alone with a new baby in a old, wooded little house that creaked and groaned randomly, in a town I didn’t know and I was terrified.
Today I’m used to the quirks of our home – I know which floorboards to avoid stepping on late at night, I know the sounds it makes during a storm, I know all of the coffee shops in a 20-mile radius – wait, sorry, that was off-topic. Late nights alone, though rarer these days, don’t freak me out nearly as much. That being said, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get spooked once in a while still. The truth is, we live in a crazy world. If you mind the news, I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of terrible stories of terrible things happening in unsuspecting people’s homes. While I try my hardest not to listen to the news for this reason alone, it’s impossible to not occasionally allow the panic to set in. I know I’m not alone in this, which is why today I’m sharing some of my own tips that I use to help feel safe in my own home – hopefully, they will help you feel the same!
How to Feel Safer in Your Home
Know your area.
Know where your local authorities are, get to know your neighbors. Learn the weird sounds the trees make at night. (sounds weird, but it can save you a lot of panic in the middle of the night!) Know where safe places are and how far important meeting spots are. All of these can help ease your anxiety of an unsafe home.
Know your emergency numbers.
It may seem like common sense, but having your local emergency numbers on hand (both written somewhere and saved in your phone) are important for safety. Save your town’s police, fire, and other emergency numbers into your phone and add them to a paper on your fridge or next to a landline if you have one. I learned this one the hard way when I had to call the police as a bear was getting into our garbage mid-day. While nothing happened, it was still a scary feeling (I was home alone with a newborn and a 2-year-old) and having to search for the correct number was inconvenient. It really made me think about what I would have done in a true emergency. (Obviously, I would just call 911, but having your local number on hand is also a smart idea.)
Check your alarms.
While most fire and carbon monoxide alarms have very long lives these days, you should still check your alarms once a month. It’s a simple task, but it can mean life or death in too many circumstances. My dad had a small house fire as a kid and ingrained this into me growing up.
Get a dog.
Okay, so this isn’t the most reasonable for everyone, but knowing that Cooper barks at just about every little thing outside late at night can be very comforting, even if I do complain about it most nights when he’s barking at bunnies and trees creaking. He’s scared off many bears and even though I think he might react like these dogs if there was a break-in, having him bark at every moving creature comforts me either way.
Have a kit of emergency items.
This is definitely important when you first move in – at that point, you simply have no frame of reference for how the area works. How often does the power go out? What are the storms like? Are there water watches often? Having a kit of things like matches, candles, water, and a crank radio can help you feel more prepared for unexpected circumstances.
Keep your phone charged and nearby.
Look – I’m just as guilty of this as the next person, but keeping your cell charged at all times in so important. You never know when you’ll need it or if your power will go and let’s be honest – browsing Facebook and Instagram is fun and all, but it’s NOT the main purpose of your cell phone. At night, keep your phone close by. I charge my phone in the late evening and sleep with my phone next to my bed – a habit I picked up when Alex was staying out of state for work during the week. It gives me such a comfort knowing that if I need it in an emergency, I won’t be searching for my phone or stuck with a dead battery.
Mind your locks.
Yes, lock your doors, but also be wary of your windows – make sure that, when possible, they are locked, especially ones on ground level. Obviously, this can be unavoidable when it’s warm out and you sleep with windows open, but when your windows are closed, take the second extra to make sure they are also locked. Also double check to make sure your doors are actually locked (for example, if your deadbolt done, or is just the small lock on the doorknob turned?) Make sure that your gates are locked – even though things like this can just be small obstacles to an intruder, it could be the only deterrent they need. Lastly, if you have a spare hidden outside, be sure that it’s actually hidden and not obvious, and make sure to regularly check that it’s still there and undisturbed.
Thinking about a security system!
I always thought that security systems were expensive and required some random company to come to your home and install it and a huge contract to go with it. Not anymore! I was recently introduced to Iris by Lowe’s, a DIY smart home and security system by Lowe’s that connected Iris compatible smart device in your home to a single app. You get all of the benefits of professional security monitoring without the long-term contract or the home visit that security systems require.
Setup and use are super easy – I was able to do most of it during naptime while Alex was working – and can be managed with a single mobile app. Since it’s from Lowe’s, you also get the customer service and support you expect from your favorite home improvement store.
My favorite part is that Iris by Lowe’s has DIY in it’s DNA. That means that you can turn your home into a smart home using its large catalog of compatible products at your own pace – no huge payment or days of installing and calibrating. Iris works with over 100+ smart devices including sensors, switches, plugs, key pads, locks, thermostats, bulbs, alarms, detectors, garage openers, heaters, vents and more. (I’m eyeing a lock next – this momma doesn’t have enough hands for keys!) It’s simple to install, so there’s no stress – even if you’re installing it with “little helpers” like I was.
If you’re interested in this simple and smart option to make your home smarter and safer, head over to Iris by Lowe’s and use the code MYIRISSECURITY to receive 10% off Iris starter packs and smart hubs. (valid on products available under the promotion in this link, 5/30-6/29)
The truth is, in today’s world it’s hard not to worry about day to day safety. That fear becomes ever more present when you have children, but it’s important to learn to manage that fear and anxiety by taking simple precautions to ensure the safety of your family’s home. Keeping your family safe is the most important – simple additions to your home to make it safe are well worth it!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s.
Okay, so tell me – how do you help yourself feel safer at home? have you ever heard of the Iris by Lowe’s system? Let me know in the comments!