The pandemic changed the workplace policies of people across the country and around the world. Many started working from home. And many will continue to work from home onwards. To be safe, secure and productive in your home office or remote office, put these home safety tips on the agenda.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Do not connect too many devices to the same outlet or extension cord – it may cause a power failure. If possible, avoid using extension cords completely and choose to use a surge protector.
- Disconnect large units when not in use to save electricity.
- Check your computer regularly and cables for wear.
- Keep a distance between space heaters and documents, blankets, clothes or other objects that can catch fire.
- Change passwords frequently and create unique passwords with a mixture of uppercase letters, numbers and special characters.
- Create a secure internet connection that only your household can access. This is especially important when working with personal information, transactions or sensitive information from home.
- Install and test smoke alarms. We recommend that you check them frequently by pressing the test button. Replace all smoke alarms at least once every ten years and replace the battery twice a year. Make sure an alarm is installed in every bedroom, outside every bedroom and at every level of your house.
- Prevent theft of work or personal items. Keep work computers and other electronics away from windows on the first floor. Test locks on all doors and windows and consider installing surveillance cameras or alarms.
- Promote a healthy workspace by adding comfortable, ergonomic furniture to your workstation and taking breaks when you need them.
- Always log out when you leave your computer or at the end of the day when you finish work. This will help keep work information out of the hands of roommates, family members, strangers or curious children.
These home security tips can help ensure a smooth transition from the office. Are you looking for more ways to protect your home / work environment? Talk to one of our local, independent home insurance agents today.