Ways To Protect Yourself And Stay Safe While You Work At Home

ways to protect yourself stay safe while working at home

I am sure by now you know how much I love working from home. Heck, I’ve even written about it and given you twenty reasons why I love it. And while working at home has its advantages there are some disadvantages as well.

We have all read posts about protecting our blog and our computer but we have to protect the most important thing, ourselves.

Studies show home break-ins occurring during the day are on the rise. This is why it’s important we stay vigilant in our surroundings even if we’ve known our neighbors and lived in the same area for years, we have to keep a look out for the unusual.

We also have to take the right measures to make sure we do not become the next victim. Today I’m going to share some precautions you can take to protect yourself against the bad guys.

Ways To Protect Yourself And Stay Safe While You Work At Home

  1. Know your neighbors. My neighbor knows I work at home and alone most of the day. Since he’s retired he’s told the hubs if he sees anyone in the yard who he doesn’t recognizes he’s shooting at will! Now that is some back up!
  2. Give out the vibe that you’re not home alone. Keep your car parked outside during the day instead of in the garage. And if you do have a garage, please make sure to keep it closed and locked at all times. Leaving it open is just an invitation.
  3. If you have a fence, make sure the gate is closed and locked.
  4. Keep your doors and windows locked as well.
  5. Get a dog. I’m not talking a little tea cup puppy. Think German Sheppard or other large dog that will protect you. I have two pitbulls and I feel totally safe. They are very vigilant and catch on to noises quickly.
  6. Purchase a taser (I’ve got one) and keep pepper spray in your home-office. Remember to keep these away from the kiddo’s reach.
  7. Take a self-defense class and learn how to kick some butt!

Here are other ways you can protect yourself.

  • Invest in a security alarm or other surveillance system for your home.
  • If someone is at your door, ask who it is before opening, especially if you’re not expecting company.
  • Create a safety room if you can in case you need to get to safety. Make sure you have a phone with you to call 911 for help.
  • Speaking of cell phones, make sure your phone is fully charged in case you need to stay on the line with authorities.
  • Just like a fire drill, plan an escape route for you and the family.

Over To You

Got any other suggestions we can use to stay safe while we work at home? Share them with us in the comments section below. Let’s spread the word about work at home safety. I would really appreciate it if you would share this post in your social media networks. Thanks in advance!

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Corina Ramos

Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.

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Comments

    • Stephanie

      Stephanie 07/17/2014 1:35 p.m. #

      These are really great tips! It's so sad that we have to live in a world where we feel fear even in our own homes. I totally love the idea of having a large dog to protect you. We've been thinking about getting one! This makes me want one (or two) even more! Thanks for the tips girl!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/21/2014 12:14 p.m. #

        It is unfortunate that we have to be afraid in our own homes. You just never know and it is always good to be careful. Get a Beware of Dog sign, as some people do.

    • Michelle

      Michelle 07/17/2014 2:06 p.m. #

      Love this! I work from home and have two dogs who make me feel very safe. They let me know when anyone comes onto our property..

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/21/2014 12:15 p.m. #

        Dogs have excellent hearing and will definitely let you know when something is going on.

    • Kate @ Money Propeller

      Kate @ Money Propeller 07/17/2014 10:32 p.m. #

      My neighbors know that I work from home, in fact our new neighbor is working online too. IF ever I'm alone at home, I always make sure that I locked all the doors.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/21/2014 12:19 p.m. #

        Good plan Kate! We always keep our doors and windows locked, day and night. One other thing, is that I don't even answer the door during the day unless I am expecting someone.

    • Nicola

      Nicola 07/19/2014 10:30 a.m. #

      Great post! I always keep the doors locked when I'm at home by myself.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 07/21/2014 12:20 p.m. #

        Yes, we keep all the doors locked as well. Every little bit helps, right.

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