Most people want to be independent for as long as they can. Due to an aging population in Australia, the number of older people living in their own homes is increasing.
Making the right choice of locks, door handles and other security products will make life safer and easier for the elderly or those with health problems.
Too Many Locks?
Some people think they’re helping their elderly parents or relatives by over doing the security of their homes with lots of locks, grills and alarms.
Remember, the most important requirement for security is that it is simple and easy to operate. Too many locks or alarms can make entry or exit difficult and alarms can cause unnecessary distress.
Security Step 1:
The first step is to ‘key alike’ all keyed locks in the home. This will make life easier for the occupant and simple for relatives and carers to get in if needed.
All deadlocks are available with a snib, or handle, for keyless operation on the inside. Levers can be easier for people with arthritis to operate.
Security doors can have snib guards fitted so the snib can be used instead of the key. These and other modifications allow the occupant to enter their home with just one key and get out without using any keys.
Security Alarms and Sensor Lights:
Security alarms can be more trouble than they are worth. The noise (usually false alarms) can cause great distress. The need to rush in and out of the house when setting the alarm can be a problem.
Automatic sensor lights are a better option than alarms. They can provide a trouble free sense of security and safety when coming home at night.
Security Doors and Ventilation Grills:
Security doors and grills are a good choice for security and fresh air. A few strategically placed fixed window grills can provide good cross ventilation. Windows with fixed security can be left open safely, day or night, even when the home is unoccupied.
It is possible to make a home safe secure and comfortable to live in with this right choice of security products.
© Mark McLean 2010
Fremantle Lock Service
Stirling Highway, North Fremantle 6159
Tel: 0409 086 497