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DIY home security is on the rise, with do it yourself home alarm systems and self-install security cameras widely available. Use this guide to navigate the world of DIY home surveillance systems.
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DIY Home Security Systems Guide


Explore DIY home security with a look at some self-monitoring home security systems

outdoor window with decorative security bars
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How to Secure Your Windows


This Home Depot guide gives you DIY options for the best window locks for securing windows in your home

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How to Secure Your Home


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Prevent burglars from targeting your home with these home security tips

A person tests a smoke alarm on the ceiling.
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How to Prepare for a Fire Emergency


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Plan carefully to take precautions against fires and make your escape in case a fire breaks out

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How to Install a Fire Escape Ladder


Difficulty Advanced
Time 2-4 hours

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Fire Prevention Tips: How to Prevent Fires


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Use fire safety tips and equipment to protect your family and home

A person adjusts a carbon monoxide detector mounted on a ceiling.
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Carbon Monoxide Sources


CO detectors help protect your family from poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless

Safes
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Best Home Safes for Security


Keep your family’s valuables safe from fires, flooding and burglars

Security camera mounted on an exterior wall.
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Security Camera Installation


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Install a security camera to keep an eye on your whole home

Click to discover the different types of home intercom systems.
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Best Home Intercom Systems for You


Use intercoms to stay in communication with everyone in your home

A person using a chainsaw to cut out a wooden deck.
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Chainsaw Safety Tips


Proper operation and tool maintenance will protect you from the raw power of a chainsaw
A Home Depot home security expert gives a homeowner advice.
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Best Home Security Systems For You


Questions to ask yourself before choosing your best home security system
the exterior of a home illuminated by motion sensor lights
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How to Adjust Motion Light Sensor Settings


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Learn how to adjust a motion sensor light for security and efficiency
Padlocks
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Best Padlocks for Security


Protect your family and keep valuables safe and secure with padlocks
Smoke and Carbon - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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Types of Smoke Detectors


Choosing and installing a smoke alarm or CO detector is critical to protecting your home and family
Father and daughter play in a living room that has a smoke alarm on the ceiling.
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How to Install Smoke Alarms


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Added protection comes with alarms connected to other detectors throughout your home
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Home Fire Safety Equipment


Keep your family safe with fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and more
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How to Prepare for a Hurricane


Prepare your home for hurricane season and clean up damage caused by severe weather
a person screws a bulb into an outdoor floodlight with a motion sensor
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How to Install a Motion Sensor Light


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Add safety & security to your home with an outdoor motion sensor light
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How to Install a Door Lock


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Boost your homes security with a new deadbolt door lock
Create a Fire-Safe Environment on Your Property
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Fire Prevention: Create a Fire-Safe Environment on Your Property


Wildfires are a threat to homeowners.
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How to Board Up Windows


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Protect your windows from debris blown by high winds
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How To Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Learn how to install CO detectors to protect your home from dangerous levels of carbon monoxide
Be Prepared for Wildfires
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How to Prepare for Wildfires


If your community faces wildfire conditions throughout much of the year, evaluate your risk
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