Creating a Comfy, Safe and Smart Home
Even as some businesses prepare to open, this Spring and Summer we’ll all be traveling less and staying home more.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to create a smart home that’s comfy and secure.
Learn how as you continue to stay safe:
Decluttering is easy and costs nothing. Simply keep the things that you truly need, use and love, and get rid of the rest. This adds open space and a sense of freshness to your home. This instills calm and well-being as it helps you appreciate your home.
Discover domestic arts
It hasn’t been that long ago that we were rushing home from the office, picking up a quick takeout along the way and watching a bit of TV before going to bed, only to wake up and start all over again. Now, the world has been on pause and people discovered the joys of sewing homemade masks, home projects and most of all, cooking and baking. Spend time on social media to see everyone sharing photos of sourdough starters and homemade bread, sweet baked goods and delicious meals they’ve created. So many people are now enjoying domestic arts and want to continue to make them a part of their lives in the new normal. A simple pleasure like baking is comforting. Rolling, kneading and mixing dough is stress-reducing. It allows us to enjoy the moment, instead of ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Preparing and cooking a great meal also serves to connect us to our food and families. However, follow our safety tips to ensure your baking and cooking adventures stay fun and rewarding:
• Keep countertops, as well as hands, clean and sanitized
• Never cook in loose clothes, especially wide sleeves that could catch fire
• Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove and place pot holders away from heat
• Never leave cooking unattended
Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires.
To keep your home safe, equip it with a monitored smoke detector and test its batteries often.
Rearrange your furniture
Move furniture around to create a more pleasant flow now that your home is multi-tasking for all members of your family. Try to place one or two chairs facing windows to enjoy views and the world outside. Check that no decor or other items obstruct your motion sensors, so they continue to do their job in helping to keep your home safe.
Create different zones for different activities
A place to work, a place for kids to do crafts and learning activities, a nook to read in and relax can all ensure your home works for you during this new normal. Set up video surveillance cameras so you can keep an eye on different places, like where your kids play and learn and the backyard pool to ensure safety. Move it outdoors, safely As the weather warms and we continue to spend more time at home, our sunrooms, front porches and backyards take center stage. Create an outdoor oasis. Fire up the grill to cook and enjoy meals outdoors. Just be sure to never operate your grill in your garage or any enclosed space. Even with your garage door open, you still run the risk of inhaling heightened levels of deadly carbon monoxide. A monitored CO detector will ensure you’re immediately notified if carbon monoxide levels rise. If you’re in the backyard and receive a delivery, you’ll be notified on your smartphone when you opt for the convenience and safety of a Wi-Fi doorbell. Finally, while you’re enjoying your outside space, keep your doors locked and your smart security system armed for the ultimate in intrusion detection.
We have recently changed our lives, but at TELUS SmartHome Security we want to help you still enjoy your life to the fullest with smart home technology. To learn more, call 855.958.8181 to speak to a smart home security expert.
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