skip to Main Content
The Augusta floor plan by AB Homes with dark tan siding, white trim and landscaping wide shot
The Augusta floor plan by AB Homes with dark tan siding, white trim and landscaping wide shot

On the Home Front Blog »

7 Safety Features Every Home Should Have

by Brandon Simpson and Dan Lawson

How important is home safety to you? You wouldn’t think about browsing the internet or making online purchases without security software installed. Your home also should have security features to protect you, your valuables, and your loved ones. Here are seven safety features that every home should have. With these safety features in place, you can rest easy knowing your house, and everyone in it is safe and secure.

Man installing a smoke detector wearing a gray shirt and blue hat on AB Homes' blog 7 Safety Features Every Home Should Have

Home Safety

1. Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have smoke detectors on every level of your home and one in every bedroom. At AB Homes, we install these (hard-wired with battery backup) in every home, in line with these guidelines. We also provide carbon monoxide detectors in homes that have a gas fireplace or gas appliances. Test all detectors at least once a month by pressing the button to make sure the alarms are working.

2. Fire Extinguishers

Having fire extinguishers in a home is a necessity and should be visible in easy-to-reach locations. Check these yearly to make sure the locking pin is intact, the tamper seal is unbroken and the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range. As a courtesy, we provide one fire extinguisher for our homeowners when they move in and encourage them to place additional ones throughout their residence.

3. Home Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance protects against damage to your home and robbery. Depending on the policy, it may cover natural disasters as well—but be sure to check. Consider the environment in which you live and the likelihood of flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. You may need supplemental insurance to cover these events.

4. Exit Plan and Natural Disaster Preparedness

Create an exit plan in the event of fire, dangerous weather, or emergency situations that could affect your home. This ensures that everyone knows what to do or where to go to stay safe. Think about the types of emergencies that may occur, and prepare a plan for each. Make sure to include your pets in your planning.

5. Floodlights

These can be helpful features to have for safety at night outside of your home and for discouraging late-night intruders.

6. First-Aid Kit

Have at least one fully-stocked first aid kit in your home. The Mayo Clinic has a list of recommended supplies, medications and emergency items to stow in your kit at this link.

7. Security Locks and Systems

At AB Homes, we provide dead-lock bolts on all outside doors and an exterior keypad for entry into the garage. Using a security service or installing features such as video doorbells that sync to your Smartphone are other ways to help keep you and your property safe.

All the best,

Brandon and Dan

See all of your floor plan and feature options.

Check out our Facebook page and our YouTube videos of our home floor plans!

AB Homes Specialists
are Standing by

(757) 435-9900

We’d love to answer your questions! Call us to schedule an appointment to see our model home.

Read our other blogs>>

AB Homes featuring The Willoughby New Home Build Floor Plan
Country living open landscape
Current Inventory new construction homes Suffolk VA
New Construction Warranty

AB Homes Specialists are standing by! (757) 435-9900

AB Homes Specialists are standing by! (757) 435-9900

AB Homes Home Builder Suffolk VA logo

AB Homes Mailing Address:

1024 Centerbrooke Lane
Suite F 116
Suffolk, VA 23434

(757) 435-9900

Stateline Realty logo

Quick Links:

Equal Housing Opportunity Logo

Sign Up for On the Homefront - News & Views!

DISCLAIMER: This website and information is provided for general informational purposes only without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Information is subject to change without notice.  The information is believed to be reliable but not guaranteed.  We reserve the right to modify or change plans, specifications, features, options and prices without notice.  Inventory homes shown may be sold or removed from the market without notice.

Unless otherwise stated, we own the intellectual property rights in this website and materials on this website.  All our intellectual property rights are reserved.  Images, layouts and maps in this website are purely indicative.  Any drawings or renderings are an artist’s conception only.  All dimensions and sizes are approximate. Patio areas, exterior parking and landscaping may change from artist’s conception and are intended as a general reference only. 

Projected delivery dates may change based on construction progress, availability of labor and materials, or weather delays. The website contains links to other websites for informational purposes only. We are not responsible for the content of third party websites.

AB Homes LLC is an Equal Housing Opportunity builder.

Copyright AB Homes, LLC ® 2019

Website Developed by InSight Marketing Solutions

Back To Top