30 Life-Saving Products That Will Keep You and Your Home Safe
Home should be your safe haven, a place where you can walk in the door, breathe a sigh of relief and relax after a long day. Unfortunately, from accidental injuries to home break-ins, there are a lot of risks in today's world, even at home.
In fact, more than 18,000 Americans die every year in accidents that happen in the home, and a burglary occurs every 23 seconds. Those are intimidating statistics, but these 30 life-saving products will keep you and your home safe, allowing you to rest easy.
A Smartphone-Compatible Security CameraArlo Pro 2
When it comes to home security cameras, the Arlo Pro 2 is reliable across the board. The video is crisp and clear, you can live stream from anywhere using your device and it has some serious night vision capabilities. More importantly, the camera has built-in motion sensors, so it starts working as soon as it detects movement.
A DIY Home Security SystemRing Alarm 5-Piece Kit
Video is great, but why stop there? The Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit offers an entire security system you can adjust to fit your needs. The five-piece bundle retails for less than $150 and includes a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad and range extender.
A Bracelet That Doubles As an Emergency Alert SysteminvisaWear Smart Jewelry – Silver Expandable Bracelet
Fashionable and functional? Yes, please! This adorable invisaWear Smart Jewelry Silver Expandable Bracelet is not only a decent fashion accessory for every outfit, but it will keep you safe. Although this device looks like a fashionable bracelet, it's actually an emergency alert button. For about $130, it's a steal!
A Portable Heater to Keep You Warm in Winter EmergenciesMr. Heater Portable Propane Radiant Heater
If your power gets knocked out during a summer storm, it might get hot and uncomfortable before you get your AC back, but what about losing power in winter? No heat in the winter can be downright dangerous, which is why an item like the Mr. Heater Portable Propane Radiant Heater is a household essential.
A Fire ExtinguisherKidde FA110 Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher
This one seems almost too obvious to include, but every home should have at least one fire extinguisher, such as the Kidde FA110 Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher, and most should have two or three. The number of extinguishers you need depends on the size of your home and whether you live in a multi-level or not.
A Device That Makes It Look Like People Are HomeFakeTV Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent
Obviously, most burglars don't want to encounter a real, live person and have their plans foiled — or the police show up — which is why they usually target empty homes. The handy little FakeTV Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent can make burglars think you're home, even when you're not. It’s that simple.
An Emergency Light SourceBic Classic Disposable Lighters
A simple pack of Bic Classic Disposable Lighters is an incredibly handy thing to have in case of emergency. After all, it seems like natural disasters are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the country. On the West Coast, wildfires and landslides are happening more frequently with more devastating effects. On the East Coast, tornadoes and hurricanes keep pummeling well-populated cities.
A Smart Lock That's Perfect for Busy FamiliesAugust Smart Lock Pro
The August Smart Lock Pro not only makes it easier to get into your home — no keys! — but it also lets you monitor who's coming and going throughout the day. If you have visitors coming, you can grant them temporary digital keys as well.
A Video Doorbell That Lets You See Who's OutsideRing Video Doorbell 2
Ring scored a second spot on this list with the popular Ring Video Doorbell 2. This handy gadget allows you to see who's outside before you answer the door, eliminating all those awkward exchanges with sales people you don't want to meet. You can also speak through the device if someone you don't recognize is at the door.
A Lock That Can Withstand 800 Pounds of ForceEverplus Home Security Door Lock
Worried that your current locks just aren't strong enough? The Everplus Home Security Door Lock is easy to install — and can withstand up to 800 pounds of force! It's the perfect option for people who can't install a deadbolt but still want that extra security.
A Video Monitor to Keep an Eye on Your Little OnesPanasonic Video Baby Monitor with Remote Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Many parents worry about their children, whether they're home alone, with a sitter or simply playing in another room. If you want to keep an eye on your little ones at all times, a high-quality baby monitor like the Panasonic Video Baby Monitor is a must.
A Driveway Alarm to Alert You When People Are on Your PropertyGuardline Wireless Driveway Alarm
If you're like most people, you hate the thought of unannounced company. While you can't exactly stop your mom from showing up randomly or keep delivery guys from ringing your bell, at least you can be alerted when they're on the way with the Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm.
A Safe to Hold All Your ValuablesStalwart Electronic Steel Safe with Keypad
When burglars break into your house, they usually look for small, valuable items they can grab quickly and sell for a lot of money, like jewelry and cash. They won't usually bother with a safe, making the Stalwart Electronic Steel Safe with Keypad a great way to keep your valuables and important documents secure for about $35.
A Basic First Aid KitTotal Resources International (TRI) First Aid Kit
Accidents happen around the house all the time, from minor cuts and scrapes to burns and muscle strains. When you have an injury that needs treatment, but doesn't necessarily require a doctor, a well-equipped first aid kit like the Total Resources International (TRI) First Aid Kit can be a life saver.
A Quality Gun Safe to Keep Your Family Out of Harm's WayRPNB Portable Gun Safe
If you own a weapon, you need to own a gun safe — even if you don't have kids. A quality safe like the RPNB Portable Gun Safe will help prevent burglary, keep your gun safe from fire and help protect you from lawsuits. More importantly, in many states, it's the law to store guns in lockable cases.
An Emergency Kit for Natural DisastersReady America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit Four-Person Backpack
After an emergency or natural disaster, you may have to survive for several days on your own with no access to power or electricity — experts recommend having enough supplies to last at least 48 to 72 hours. You could create a kit of your own, or you could buy a premade version like the Ready America Emergency Kit.
A Sliding Door Security Bar to Prevent Entry Through Your PatioIdeal Security Patio Door Security Bar
If you have a patio or sunroom with sliding glass doors, you know you're in a pretty relaxing elite club. It's so lovely to be able to slip outside during nice weather and relax with a book or a glass of cold iced tea, but you need an Ideal Security Patio Door Security Bar if you don’t want your oasis to become a huge security risk.
A Pill Dispenser for Older Family MembersLiveFine Automatic Pill Dispenser
Older adults face a lot of unique challenges, some of which can affect their health and safety. One challenge may be difficulty remembering things, which makes an Automatic Pill Dispenser an essential item if they take multiple daily medications.
An Emergency Radio to Keep You in TouchRunningSnail AM/FM NOAA Digital Crank Radio
In the event of an emergency, it's vital to be able to receive updates and alerts from authorities. The RunningSnail AM/FM NOAA Digital Crank Radio receives AM/FM NOAA weather channels and automatically broadcasts weather alerts during natural disasters.
Motion Activated Lights for Your Yard or DrivewayLITOM Original Solar Lights
If you’re concerned about people or animals coming into your yard at night, you may want to purchase a motion-activated light to install on your house or garage. Many veteran police officers will tell you that motion-activated lighting, such as LITOM Original Solar Lights, are a big deterrent against burglary. Plus, they help you feel safe when you come home late at night.
A Carbon Monoxide DetectorFirst Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm
Do all homes need a carbon monoxide detector, even if you don't use indoor generators or portable heaters? No matter what, the answer is always a resounding "yes," and the First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm is a great option. A carbon monoxide detector is particularly important, even if there are no fuel-burning appliances in the house.
Outdoor Security Cameras to Protect Your YardNest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
These days, it's not uncommon for someone to walk right up to your house and steal a package off your porch. If someone shifty is lurking around, you're going to want to see them before something bad happens, and the Nest Cam Outdoor Camera can help you do it. Outdoor security cameras allow you to see what's happening right from your phone, no matter where you are.
A Smoke Alarm That Sends Alerts to Your PhoneNest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Can you imagine if you were away from home and the house caught on fire? The Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm sends a notification to your phone the second there's smoke. When a fire is big enough to see from outside the house, it's often too late to save anything. That means your belongings would be toast by time your neighbors noticed the smoke and flames.
An Alarm That Sounds When Someone Opens Your WindowNoopel Door and Window Alarm
Maybe you want to be alerted if a burglar tries to open your downstairs window, or maybe you're just worried about your teenager trying to sneak out at night. Either way, this Noopel Door and Window Alarm two-pack will do the trick.
Smart Light Bulbs That Make It Look Like You're HomePhilips LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit
Some days, you just can't make it home on time, but the Philips LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit makes sure you never walk into a pitch black house. If you get stuck at the office or the kids run late at practice, these smart lights brighten up the interior without you even being there.
An Easy-to-Use Escape LadderFirst Alert Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder
A house fire can be a super-scary experience, especially when you're trapped on the second floor without a way out. A foldable escape ladder like the 14-foot First Alert Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder is perfect for escaping from your second-story bedrooms and other living spaces.
Pepper Spray to Keep You Safe When You're Out AloneSABRE Advanced Compact Pepper Spray with Clip
Many people, especially women, worry about going out alone without protection. This SABRE Advanced Compact Pepper Spray with Clip retails for less than $10 and can give you valuable peace of mind when venturing into shopping center parking lots at night or running along deserted trails in the early morning.
An Emergency Power SourceGoal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station
When the electricity goes out, you lose more than just the lights — refrigerators, radios, heating and air conditioning are all affected, which is why you need the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station. If the outage lasts more than a few days, you could be in some serious trouble without it.
A Security Sign If You Can't Afford an Alarm SystemVideo Surveillance Sign
If you don't want — or can't afford — a full-blown security system, a Video Surveillance Sign or sticker might be the next best thing. Worried that it won't be effective? Most would-be thieves don't want to worry about security. When they see your sign, they are likely to leave without checking to see if you actually have an alarm.