Turn Up the Lights
•Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back.
Lock It Up
•All doors to the outside should have working locks.
•Garage and shed doors need working locks too.
•All windows should have working locks.
•Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked.
Be Able to Get Out
•Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home.
•Don't have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.
•Replace inside-key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key.
•Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch.
•Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.
•If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency.