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Five Ways to Feel Safer in Your Home

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us have spent more time at home than ever before and for many people, this has turned their thoughts to safety and security. During a recent survey, 70% of respondents admitted to implementing smart technology to bolster their homes’ security capabilities, which proves that we’re all looking for ways to feel safer. Here are five tips for increasing your home security:

Doors and Windows

If you have older doors and windows, they may not be providing you with the best security available. Changing your units for high security doors and windows can give your home an added layer of protection which will allow you to sleep safely in the knowledge that you’re locked in tight.

Alarms

If you’re looking to make an investment then installing an alarm system could be a great idea. The downsides are the cost, however, and if your budget doesn’t stretch this far then research shows that even a dummy alarm could be an effective deterrent! In one survey, 82 offenders were canvassed in Southern England. They found that 84 per cent rated the presence of an alarm outside a property as a deterrent.

Security Lights

Installing security lights around your property is a cheaper alternative to alarms, but can still be a really effective deterrent. While some types of lighting could increase your risk of being burgled (lights which are on 24 hours a day will actually help criminals to see their way and avoid noisy obstacles), motion sensor lighting which only comes on if a human walks past are a really effective way to put potential burglars off.

CCTV

A CCTV system is an extremely effective way to deter burglars. It doesn’t matter how many lights are left on, how many people are home, or how close your neighbours are. You’ll capture everything with a CCTV system – and the thieves knows that too. Modern security cameras are easy to install and will often store footage in the cloud. Some can even alert you on your mobile if sensors are tripped!

Get a Dog!

Having a dog can be a great early detection system for people coming too near your home. When Sausage was very small, Husband worked shifts which included overnights and Chuck was the best, most reassuring security system I could have had. Someone only had to burp too loudly near the house and he’d be up at the windows letting me know. It gave me a tremendous sense of security, knowing that he was keeping his eyes and ears open for us and it got us all through that time knowing he was there.

Tips for Creating a Cosy Living Room

When I was a kid, I used to love being outside when it was starting to get dark; people would turn their lights on inside and it would make the world look really cosy. Sounds weird, but hey, I was a weird kid! Now that I’m a grown-up, I love settling down of an evening into a living room which feels warm and cosy, and I thought I’d share a few tips with you on how we give ours a super cosy feel:

Lighting

Lighting is probably the most important aspect of a cosy room. I hate sitting down to watch TV with glaring overhead lights on, so we tend to have lamps which we can use to create little pockets of light, rather than the whole room being bright. It helps the girls to get sleepy and we don’t get glare off of the telly if we’re trying to watch something.

Cushions

Although we were lucky enough to be gifted a new sofa, just before Christmas, we also like to have lots of scatter cushions around so that we can sit comfortably. Cushions are also a great way to change the look of the room without needing to spend a lot or make massive changes.

Blankets

As well as lots of cushions, we also tend to keep a stash of blankets in the lounge so that we can cover ourselves up if we start to feel chilly. The girls love getting cosy and dozing on the sofa rather than having a set bedtime, which is something we’ve done since Sausage was a baby, and it’s lovely to all spend time relaxing together.

Rug

Our living room is carpeted, but the floor underneath is concrete, so if you sit on the floor for any length of time, you start to feel the cold. We recently invested in a nice, thick rug and the difference it’s make to the cosiness of the room is huge! As well as keeping it warm, it feels lovely and soft underfoot and makes playing on the floor with Maureen the Pup much nicer!

Fragrance

This might sound weird, but I always think a room feels cosier if it smells nice. In the winter, I tend to use a cloth to rub essential oils (clove or cinnamon around Christmas!) on the top of the radiators. Once they warm up, the smell starts to radiate too and it makes the room smell incredible, without needing to burn anything or use plug-in diffusers.

Do you have any tips for making your home feel cosier?

Make sure your lights stay on this Christmas

What’s Christmas without the wonderful lights? Holiday decorating with lights can be fun, but unfortunately, if you choose electric-powered lighting, you may experience countless limitations, such as an electrical outlet that’s too far away to reach. And then there’s the hassle of getting tangled up in unruly cords and wires, not to mention the dangers that accompany exposed cords such as tripping or electrocution, if they are discovered and played with by small children or pets. Plus, those exposed cords just don’t look very appealing.

Selection

Battery-powered Lights are the best and easiest option for your Christmas lighting and decoration needs, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. Over the past few years, the quality of battery-powered lights and decorations has improved greatly. From battery-operated LED lights to battery-powered mini lights, fairy lights, and battery-powered Christmas candles, the selection of battery-powered lights is now nearly as countless as those run by electricity. Christmas tree lights, fireplace lights, window decorations and crafts all benefit from battery-powered lighting. And the best part is that you’ll never have to worry about hiding that extension cord again or tripping over those unflattering wires. 

Convenience 

Battery-powered lights work like a dream in so many areas for decorating and holiday celebrations, and many customers even use them to power the lighting on holiday parade floats. Without the need for a static power source, your Christmas Tree can be placed anywhere, because you never have to concern yourself with outlet location. And the chances of getting tangled in wires are nil, when using battery-powered lighting.

Indoor Christmas Lighting 

Not only can you illuminate your Christmas tree with battery-powered or battery-operated LED lighting, you can truly deck the halls. Battery-powered lighting can be used anywhere because there’s no worries over your power source or tripping hazards. From hallways to stairways to banisters, battery-powered lighting is far and away the best and tidiest option.

Outdoor Christmas Decorating

Why not brighten your favourite Christmas wreath with mini-lights? You can conceal your battery power pack to create a festive and welcoming display on your front door. For lawn decorations, you used to have to dig a trench to bury your electrical Christmas lighting cords. With battery-powered lighting, brighten your trees, bushes, and hedges without worry.

Power Usage

When you choose battery-powered holiday decorations, you are saving money in the long run. Although the initial cost of battery-powered lights may be a little more, the savings on your electric bill will eventually offset it. 

Keep your Christmas Lights Bright

While you may have some concern over the cost of batteries to power your decorations, many battery-powered Christmas string lights available will last up to 8 hours with only 2-C batteries. The types of batteries you decide to use is ultimately up to you. The options are many, but it’s smart to go with a brand known for quality such as Duracell. Duracell Batteries are designed for industrial performance and will delivery long-lasting power to your holiday decorations, so you won’t have to worry about your Christmas Tree growing dim or the need to change and replace batteries too often. Duracell Brand Batteries come in an array of sizes and types. For extra cost savings, it’s recommended to choose rechargeable batteries or Solar Light Batteries from a reliable store such as Buy a Battery.

Keeping your Christmas Decorations merry and bright the entire season shouldn’t be a headache. Battery-powered Christmas lights and decorations are a convenient way to be assured that your decorations will stay on without concerns of exposed cords and nearby electrical outlets.