Ways to Keep Your Condo Safe

With some condo safety measures in Catonsville, MD, you can have peace of mind and may be able to save on some insurance costs.

Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector: This colorless and odorless gas can be produced by the furnace, stove, or fireplace, and it can be hard to realize there has been carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses. A device can alert you to the chemical so you can leave immediately.

Test Smoke Alarms: Many condos will come with smoke detectors, but if yours didn’t, you should get some. You should have one in each sleeping area and living space and on each floor. Create a regular schedule to check batteries.

Change Your Locks: When you move into a new condo, change your locks. The old owner may still have a backup set of keys and you want to be the only one with access to the home.

Install a Home Security System: It may be called "home," but it still works for a condo. Even if your condo is on a higher floor, burglars can still enter through second-story windows. Ask an agent at HBW Insurance Group if you can get a discount with a security system.

Light Exterior: Good outdoor lighting is important for outdoor security. If there is a building with multiple units, there should be installed lighting near the front door. Hallways of a high-rise condo building should be well lit.

Know Your Neighbors: Knowing your neighbors is a safety measure. Introduce yourself when you move in and get to know schedules so you can keep an eye out for them too.

Prepare for Disasters: Disasters can strike at any time, and for certain disasters, you could be more at risk by living in a condo. Plan escape routes and emergency preparedness options before any disaster strikes.

Contact HBW Insurance Group, serving Catonsville, MD, to get a quote on condo insurance.