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OKC Realtors: The most vulnerable parts of your house

OKC Realtors: What parts of your house are most vulnerable to break-ins

We all want to make sure our homes are as safe and secure from burglars as possible. But which parts of our home are most likely to be targeted by a burglar? OKC Realtors has some answers and some DIY tricks to help strengthen these weak points in your home.

The Front Door: It might seem paradoxical at first, a burglar trying to remain hidden busting into your home right through the front door. Sadly however, that’s how many choose to do it. Many homes have features that can help hide a burglar as they break into your home. recessed doorways, nearby trees, and potted plants can all hide a smart burglar just long enough to get into your home. The key here is to make your front door more visible. Lights are the best way to do this. Painting the door a bright color is another way to make it less appealing to burglars. “Beware Dog” signs and stickers can also deter some burglars not wishing to get chomped.

Specialty Doors: By specialty doors we mean things like sliding glass doors and French doors. These can be a beautiful addition to any home, but they are also particularly vulnerable to burglars. One of the many small glass panes on a French door can be busted open and the lock undone. Sliding doors might have tougher glass, but they can be undone with something as simple as a screwdriver. These doors can be strengthened in a couple of ways. When installing locks on French doors, make sure the locks are at least 36 inches away from the glass panes. For sliding doors, a simple, sturdy rod placed in the track can stop a burglar in their tracks.

These are just a couple of ways you can make your home burglar proof. If your in the market for a new home, give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004.

 

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OKC Realtors Share Christmas Light Safety Tips

OKC Realtors: Stringing lights up

Christmas time is almost here and you might want to get a head start on hanging some Christmas lights outside. Lights are a big part of the holiday decorations for most people, but it’s important to follow safety tips to avoid accidents. Did you know that aside from Christmas tree lighting issues, outside lights cause hundreds of severe, tragedies on an annual basis due to being improperly hung? Before you hang your lights test them out to make sure they work! House fires caused by lights isn’t any realtor’s idea of a good time. That’s precisely why our realtors put together a few helpful Christmas light safety tips.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Plain and simple, you have to read them!
  • Make sure lights are plugged into a circuit protected by a ground fault circuit (GFCI).
  • Don’t use sharp fasteners to hang light sets (nails, staples, hooks).
  • Never cover light sets with cloth or paper.
  • Never use frayed or damaged cords.
  • Never use strings with cracked or broken bulbs and sockets.
  • Don’t use light sets designed only for indoor use outdoors.
  • Verify extension cords are rated for number of light sets and the distance involved.
  • Make sure that the extension cord is also plugged into a GFCI outlet.
  • Replace any lights that go out.

In addition, keeping the lights unplugged until you have them all strung is the safest bet. If you’re planning on hanging your own lights our realtors would encourage you to keep ladder safety in mind as well. Our OKC realtors advise on using a good, sturdy ladder and make sure it’s on level ground before you start climbing up to the roof! It might not hurt to have a helper so you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder too much.

Our realtors love Christmas lights as much as you do, but we also love safety. On behalf of our realtors at Metro First Realty, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!