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    Types of deadbolt locks for your front door.

    October 05, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, October 5, 2023

    Deadbolt locks | Schlage

    Your guide to understanding the different deadbolt lock functions and choose the right secure door hardware for your home.



    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add more security to your current home, the aisle (or search results page) can be overwhelming with all the options. Check out our deadbolt lock breakdown below to help you understand the different functions and choose the right secure door hardware for your home.
    Schlage Matte Black Plymouth Front Door Handleset on Blue Grey Door.

    What is a deadbolt lock?

    A deadbolt lock is a robust security mechanism commonly used in homes and businesses to reinforce door security. Unlike standard locks, deadbolts lack a spring mechanism and can only be operated with a key or thumbturn, providing enhanced resistance against unauthorized entry. Now let’s dive into thedifferent types of deadbolts available to help you choose the one that best suits your security needs.

    Single cylinder deadbolt lock

    The most common type of deadbolt locks is the single cylinder deadbolt. It features an exterior keyhole for locking or unlocking the deadbolt using a key from the outside, while on the inside, a thumb turn provides quick and convenient access. To ensure comprehensive security, it’s advisable to pair this type of deadbolt with a keyed lock beneath it or a handle set grip. For an elegant and welcoming entrance, we recommend considering the purchase of a complete handleset pair or custom ¾ trim handlesets, which can enhance the overall aesthetic and security or your door.  


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    Double cylinder deadbolt lock

    Double cylinder deadbolts are used when you want a little extra security. They are often chosen for improving security on doors with windows because they make it harder for potential intruders to reach through the glass and unlock the door. A double cylinder deadbolt features a keyhole on both the interior and exterior side of the door so the only way you can lock/unlock is with a mechanical key. However, this type of lock should be used with caution as it can make it more difficult to get out of the house quickly in the event of an emergency.


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    Electronic deadbolts

    Electronic lock deadbolts often leverage the same security and durability of mechanical single cylinder deadbolts with the added convenience of a keypad or touchscreen that allows you to program a unique access code for entry. These locks are particularly convenient for those who wish to do away with traditional physical keys, simplifying access for family members and trusted individuals. It’s important to note that with electronic locks, all programming and access management occur directly at the lock itself. Unlike smart locks, they do not offer remote access capabilities or integration with other smart home technology, ensuring that control remains localized.

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    Smart deadbolts

    Like electronic locks, smart deadbolt locks are just as durable as a mechanical single cylinder deadbolt. You can connect your smart lock to your home network, either directly to WiFior with a compatible smart home hub, depending on the lock you choose. You can then use your smartphone for easy programming and access from anywhere.


    Smart locks also provide the option to integrate parts of your home security with other smart home products to create routines and schedules that fit your lifestyle. Did you leave the house and wonder if you forgot to lock the door? No problem. As long as you’re connected to your WiFi or smart hub, you can access your lock remotely to check its status and command it to lock or unlock. Want to tell Alexa to lock the door, even when you’re too comfy to get out of bed? You can do that, too.


    Shop smart deadbolts

    No matter which type of deadbolt lock you choose, look for signs that you can trust your door hardware to help protect your home. Check that the deadbolt has the BHMA’s Best, or AAA, ratings in security, durability and finish. Look for a lifetime warrantyso you know the company you’re buying from stands behind its products. And listen to what others have to say. Schlage is trusted in over 40 million homes and has over 10,000 five-star reviews. We’re proud to have earned the trust of so many homeowners and are committed to strengthening that trust into our next century of business.


    Securing your front door is an important step toward improving the overall safety of your home. Remember to be just as diligent when purchasing locks for the other doors on your home, including back doors and garage entries. Visit our Home Security blogs for more tips and recommendations.


    Work from home security made simple.

    August 31, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Thursday, August 31, 2023

    Work from home security

    Here are some simple yet important ways to keep your personal and professional information secure when working remotely.



    When you work in an office, most employers go to great lengths to keep everything secure. You might have to show or swipe your badge to enter the building and use secure network connections for your computer. There could be greeters in the lobby to monitor who’s coming and going and security cameras to record activity in and around the building. But when you work from home, most of those safety measures are either more relaxed or nonexistent. Here are some simple yet important ways to keep your personal and professional information secure when working remotely.
    Man working at laptop in home office.

    Cybersecurity tips for working from home

    In 2020, Malwarebytes surveyed IT and cybersecurity leaders about whether their companies were prepared for remote work during the coronavirus pandemic. Forty-five percent of those respondents said that devices being more exposed at home, where non-employees may have access and inadvertently compromise those devices, was their biggest cybersecurity concern. So how can you make sure you’re keeping your laptop and other devices safe at home?

    First, talk to your employer about the security requirements and resources available to you for free. There’s a good chance your company already has access to some of the cybersecurity features you’ll need most:
    • Antivirus and internet security software that helps prevent malware, spyware and other attacks

    • Operating system and software updates to provide the most current patches that fix bugs and security gaps

    • A secure VPN to safely share information across shared or public networks – like your home WiFi – as if you were connected directly to your employer’s private network

    • Centralized storage or cloud access for backing up documents

    Second, make sure your WiFi router is secure. If you’re still using the default password that came with the router, change it to something unique and hard to guess now. While you’re in there changing the password, update the name of your network, or SSID, too. Choose something that can’t be traced back to your home.


    Enable network encryption, too. There are a few methods available, but WPA2 is the strongest. You can change this through the WiFi settings on your router’s management page.


    Not only is securing your WiFi good for protecting your work data, but it also helps protect anything else you have on your network. Alexa, your smart TV, personal tablets, wifi smart locks – any device connected to the Internet of Things – is more secure when your router is password protected and encrypted.


    Perhaps the best line of defense against breaches in cybersecurity is you, not all the malware software and password managers and whatnot. Take the time to learn about phishing and email scams. Know how to identify them and report them to your employer.

    Woman working late from home office holding coffee mug.

    Safe sightlines for remote work

    You also want to keep prying eyes away from sensitive or confidential documents. With the rise in videoconferencing, be aware of what you’re screensharing. There may be “for your eyes only” information in a document without you thinking about it. You don’t want to flash that up for everyone on your Zoom meeting to see.


    On a similar note, investing in a sliding webcam cover is a work from home security best practice. While it doesn’t affect what others can see on your screen, it can help keep them from peeping something around your home office they shouldn’t. It could be a physical copy of an important document on your desk, or it could simply be a family photo in the background you’d rather not share with coworkers or third-party vendors.

    Securing your home office

    What if the prying eyes are in your own home? We doubt your family is trying to steal sensitive information, but you still need to take extra steps to keep them away from work devices and documents. Lock your computer and phone when you step away from your desk. Better yet, turn on the automatic locking function.


    Don’t let your kids or others use your work devices and be diligent about keeping work-related materials off personal devices. At best, it’s embarrassing if your kiddo accidentally emails your boss. But worst-case scenario, they send confidential information to someone or delete it altogether.


    If you need to keep a closer eye on who enters your home office, consider a secure lock on the door. Typically, we think of deadbolts and smart locks for the front door and other exterior entrances. But a wifi lock like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever is ideal for a home office that requires an extra level of security. With its advanced features and convenient remote access, you can easily lock and unlock your door using your smartphone. It provides peace of mind knowing that your workspace is protected, even when you are away.


    Finally, whether it’s for your keypad lock, phone or computer, set secure passwords. Check out this article for how to create secure access codes.

    Schlage Encode WiFi Lever on home office door for work from home security.

    Sound privacy when you work from home

    When we talk about white noise machines for the home, it’s usually as a way to get better sleep. They work great for home offices, too, though. If you want to keep others from hearing your phone calls, try a device like the Sound+Sleep. It has 10 audio programs to fit any kind of work mood you’re in and dynamically adjusts the volume based on other noises in the room.


    Other ways to control sound in your home office are improved insulation, soundboards to keep noise from traveling through the walls and rugs or carpets. You might find that white noise machines and sound dampeners not only improve privacy but help you focus as well.

    Lock down on work from home security

    Smart locks are the perfect solution for those who work from home because they offer a seamless way to stay connected and aware of what’s happening at home without interrupting your workflow. Take the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt for example. It’s compatible with Ring Doorbell, allowing you to see who’s at the door from your phone and determine if it’s urgent enough to open. This integration provides an added layer of security and convenience, giving you the ability to manage visitors without needing to leave your desk.


    With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode, you can easily set up personalized notifications to keep tabs on the kids when they get home from school. It’s a great way to stay in the loop and ensure their safety, all while staying focused on your work. And let’s not forget about the auto-lock feature- you can program the lock to automatically secure your home for a set period of time, giving you peace of mind knowing your home is always protected even when you’re away. It’s the perfect combination of convenience and security for your work from home setup. 

    Just because you’re working remotely doesn’t mean that your home shouldn’t still feel like a haven. In fact, it’s probably even more important to make your home comfortable when you spend so much time there. Get more tips for working from home at the Schlage blog. Once you’ve created your home office, you might check out our 10 WFH upgrades or learn more about how to move your home office outdoors.


    10 home security lessons to teach your kids.

    July 14, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 7, 2023

    10 home security lessons to teach your kids now | Schlage

    It’s never too early to start teaching your children some safety rules. Here are 10 ways kids can help protect themselves, their home and the rest of the family.


    While the adults of the family are primarily responsible for keeping your home secure, being proactive in teaching your children about home security and safety helps set them up with basic skills that they will carry with them throughout their lives. It’s never too early to start teaching your children some safety rules! Get them involved with these 10 ways kids can help protect themselves, their home, and the rest of the family. 
    Mom and daughter entering home through attached garage door.

    1. Always lock the doors and use alarm systems

    Try to get your kids in the habit of locking the door behind them. Some kids may understand the need to lock up when they leave, but remind them that using the deadbolt even when they’re home can help keep everyone safe. The same goes for alarm or security systems. Make sure they know how to activate your system, play memory games to help them remember security codes, and involve them in the process of setting the alarm system, just like the lock, when you’re home. You may even choose to hold older children and teens responsible for securing the house behind them when they get home – this is an important pattern that can help keep them safe throughout life. And for busy families that are constantly on the go, we recommend selecting one of our smart locks for extra peace of mind. With auto lock features and the ability to check the status of your lock in the Schlage Home app, training your kids on a smart lock is a great idea.

    2. Use access codes instead of keys

    Even responsible kids are kids. They lose things completely or simply forget where they left them. Instead of giving them a house key that they can misplace or forget, give them their own smart lock access code. Make the code simple enough for them to remember – like Mom’s birthday – but not so obvious that someone can guess it. Finally, teach them not to share their code with anyone, even their best friend. If they forget their code or it needs to be changed for any reason, it’s easy to manage and track all your smart lock codes in the Schlage Home app.

    3. Don't answer the door when home alone

    If your kids are old enough to stay home alone, even if it is just for a few hours after school, give them the tools to stay safe until you return. Tell them not to answer the door when they’re home alone, especially if they aren’t expecting anyone. If a trusted family member or friend is coming to be with your kids while you’re gone, make sure they know who is coming and when to expect them. Rather than having them check from the window or pull a step stool over to help them look through the peephole, the best option is a video doorbell paired with a device such as a smart phone or monitor – this way, your child can safely see who is at the door from a distance. Installing a smart lock so that you can give trusted guests or caregivers a unique access code will take any responsibility of unlocking the door off your child. For young children, it is a good idea to teach them to never open the door, even when you are home. If there is someone at the door and they want to open it, teach them to run and find an adult to go to the door with them.

    Young girl arriving home from school using smart lock on front door.

    4. Keep personal information personal

    Make sure your kids know what personal information shouldn’t be shared. Teach them not to answer personal questions about the house and their family’s whereabouts, especially when talking to someone they don’t know well. Helping your child learn your home address, lock and security access codes, and important phone numbers will help them stay safe, but it is important to have a conversation around when and why it would be smart to share that information vs. when it could be unsafe. The goal with these conversations is to give your child positive confidence to stay safe in a variety of scenarios.

    5. Put tempting toys away

    Just like leaving your garden shed unlocked or your grill sitting out can be a temptation to thieves, bikes laying on the lawn are asking to be swiped. Teach your kids to put their belongings away when they’re done playing. Even if they’re just running inside for a “quick drink,” have them park their bicycle in the garage or out of sight.

    6. Be aware

    A good step for staying safe, whether at home, school, or the park, is being aware of your surroundings. Teach kids to be observant. If they notice someone is following them on the way home from school or hanging around the front door, explain that the best thing to do is to go to a trusted neighbor’s or a friend’s house instead of entering an empty home alone. Give them the confidence and tools to call you or another trusted adult if they are in a situation where they don’t know what to do.

    Wife and husband in kitchen filling our family calendar.

    7. Use a family command center

    Usually when we talk about family command centers, it’s with the goal of getting more organized. But you can also use this one-stop shop to improve your family’s security. With an updated calendar, your kids will know who is supposed to be where and when. If there’s a knock on the door and the guest is claiming to be the TV repairperson, they can check the schedule to see if that person is expected. Similarly, if you usually get home by 5:00 but have to stop at the store tonight, a note saying you’ll be a bit late can help keep them from worrying.

    Clearly display emergency contact information in your command center, too. This could be phone numbers for the police and a neighbor, or alternative contact information for you, such as your cell phone, desk phone at the office and your company’s receptionist.

    8. Make age appropriate accommodations

    Granting older kids more independence is part of helping them grow up to be responsible young adults. Have guidelines in place so that your kids know who they can invite into the house and when. Make sure they aren’t sharing their smart lock codes with their visitors - and remember you can always set up a unique access code for a trusted best friend if the need arises.

    If you have concerns about when your children’s codes are being used – did your teen make curfew? did your daughter make it home from practice? was their code entered when they should have been in school? – track it with the app’s history log. The Schlage® Home appwhen paired with a Schlage Encode product, for example, will provide the last 100 entries and can even be set up to send you a push notification when the code is used.

    9. Talk to them about what to do in an emergency

    Even when we take all the best precautions, unfortunate events can still happen. When they do, make sure your child knows how to respond. Who should they call? How, when, and why should they dial 911? When do they go into the house and when should they evacuate to a safe place? Set up a family rendezvous point so that if you get separated for any reason, you know where to safely meet and reunite. It is also important to help younger children memorize your address so that they can tell first responders where to go. Make it a routine to practice these scenarios so everyone in the family is more comfortable and confident with the steps so that they come automatically, even in high-stress situations. 

    10. Reward them for following the safety rules

    Regardless of your child’s age, a reward system can help reinforce their good behavior. Smaller kiddos might respond well to a sticker chart. For example, earning a gold star sticker when they remember to lock the door each day could earn them an ice cream at the end of a perfect week. Remembering to check in with you when they get home from school could earn them extra screen time on the weekend. Keeping curfew could earn them a bonus on their allowance. By helping your child build a positive attitude and rhythm of home security, they will have smart life skills to keep them safe both now and into the future.

    Schlage is proud to do its part in giving you greater peace of mind and the know-how to protect what matters most. We recognize that trust is earned. Backed by over a century of durability and strength, Schlage delivers premium materials and craftsmanship supported by a limited lifetime warranty and customer care to help make your home safer and your life more convenient. Browse our products and discover more  home security tips at our blog.


    12 ways to protect and secure your vacation rental

    July 07, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 7, 2023

    Vacation rental safety tips | Schlage

    Security for vacation rentals – it helps you protect your investment and it makes guests happier. Here are 12 upgrades you can make outside your vacation rental to make it more secure.



    Security for vacation rentals – it helps you protect your investment and it makes guests happier. Happy guests means positive reviews. Positive reviews means more bookings. And more bookings means more money. We think those are pretty good reasons to invest in safety measures for your rental property. Here are 12 upgrades you can make outside your vacation rental to make it more secure.

    Start planting

    Everyone loves landscaping that is gorgeous and green. But did you know plants also play a key role in security?

    • Trim your trees and bushes to prevent falling limbs from damaging the house during a storm and limit hiding places for potential intruders.

    • Steer clear of plants that could be toxic or prickly, especially if you offer a family- or pet-friendly accommodations.

    • Incorporate outdoor lighting along walkways. It highlights the most beautiful parts of the yard as well as helps people safely find their way in the evenings.

    Curb appeal still counts

    Paying attention to the front entryway of your vacation rental is vital. It needs to look good – think about the attractive photos on Airbnb and VRBO – and be secure.

    • Install a Schlage smart lock. Your guests get keyless convenience. Think about the easy check-in and no hassle of carrying or losing keys. You also enjoy major convenience by being able to create and manage multiple user codes for visitors, monitor access history and check that the deadbolt is locked from anywhere, even if your guests have left. Use our Get Help Deciding Tool to determine which Schlage smart lock is right for you.

    • Replace your door with a solid wood or steel option that is more resistant to break-in attempts than some other, weaker materials. Also make sure the door frame is still strong and not warped or cracked, which can keep even the strongest deadbolt from being effective.

    • Pair your strong door and smart lock with exterior cameras or video doorbells to easily monitor activity around your entryway. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is compatible with the Ring Video Doorbell, allowing you to see who is at the door before granting guest access, all from your smartphone.

    • Sliding patio doors, because they don’t have traditional deadbolts and usually aren’t visible from the street, tend to be easy targets for potential thieves. But you can secure them more effectively simply by installing a security bar or even just a wooden rod in the tracks. These small details go a long way toward putting guests at ease, says Evolve Vacation Rental. “If the back door doesn’t lock securely, they’re going to spend their vacation worrying about it – and that’s not the experience you want to provide them."

    • Make sure all windows, even those not on the first floor have working locks.

    Practical upkeep is key

    There’s a lot to maintain outdoors, especially if you have the kind of rental property that encourages gathering on the patio or around a pool. There are lots of low-maintenance curb appeal hacks , but you still want to be diligent in your upkeep.

    • Decks need to be ready for bare feet. Repair loose boards or nails. Bonus tip: If you’re installing or replacing a deck, check out these suggestions from Family Handyman for low-maintenance decking materials that don’t need regular staining and won’t splinter.

    • Make sure any railings around the patio and stairs are secure, not just for helping people up and down the steps, but also to keep kids from taking a tumble over a ledge. You might also consider the spacing of railing posts so that kids don’t get their heads stuck while peeking through.

    • Maintain walkways to avoid cracks and uneven footing that could cause a guest to stumble. A well-maintained walkway, driveway and pavers look beautiful and function even better.

    • Don’t forget the fencing and cover for your pool and hot tub. Be sure to check your local regulations about pool fencing.

    It might be tempting to skimp on security for a rental property if you aren’t living there. But not giving it its due can have negative consequences on your house-sharing business and your peace of mind. By investing in high-quality locks and making sure all exterior areas of the house are well-maintained, you’re taking an important step toward happy guests and healthy profits. Share your rental security tips with us on Facebook and Twitter.


    9 tips to help keep pets safe on the Fourth of July.

    June 29, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 29, 2023

    Fourth of July dog

    With all the activity – fireworks, parties, pool fun – it can get a little overwhelming and scary for your furry friends. Here are nine ways to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July.



    Did you know that more pets run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day? They’re probably not seeking freedom and independence, though. With all the activity – fireworks, parties, pool fun – it can get a little overwhelming and scary for your furry friends. Here are nine ways to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July.
    Brown dog holding American flag next to Fourth of July decor and food.

    Secure “Hairy” Houdini

    With guests arriving in the front door or coming and going out the back during the cookout, it’s important to make sure your little furballs don’t do a disappearing act and slip out. Use a dog tie out or keep them in a closed or gated room. Missing out on some of the fun will be worth keeping them safe and secure.

    Tag ‘em

    Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date and secured to their collar. If they’re microchipped, double-check that your contact info in the database is current. This is especially true if you’ve moved recently. These steps will make it much easier to track down your pet later if they do make a run for it.

    Keep calm and enjoy the show

    Fireworks, with all their loudness, are one of the most obvious risks to pets, and if you’re lighting firecrackers in your own backyard, the danger gets even higher. To keep them calm with everything bursting in air, try crating them or keeping them indoors, either in an interior room or one where you can close the windows, curtains and blinds. You can also play music or turn on the TV to help drown out some of the noise. A Thundershirt might also be helpful.

    If you’re lighting firecrackers or sparklers at home, you definitely want to remove your pet from the action. The last thing you want is for Fido to grab a lit sparkler and have it pop in his mouth or burn him. Take the pup inside.

    Only you can stop furry fires

    Take a cue from Smokey the Bear: beware the dangers of fire of any kind, not just firecrackers. Keep your pet away from grills, outdoor kitchen ovens and firepits so that they don’t singe their tail or worse. Practice fire safety by having a water bucket and flame-retardant blankets nearby, just in case. People and pets alike will thank you.

    Mind their diet

    Even if you’re diligent about not feeding your pet table scraps and all your guests know not to toss an unsanctioned treat, avoid the temptation of a buffet. Keep party food out of your pet’s reach, whether it’s on a high counter or in a room they can’t access. You’d be surprised how many human foods can make man’s best friend sick.


    You might even go an extra step and prepare spreads that are healthy for everyone, including those with four legs. recommends fruit trays with cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, all of which are safe for dogs. Or your veggie tray could include carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumber, perfect for both Great-Aunt Polly and Princess.

    Treat them well

    Instead of feeding your pet potentially dangerous people food, have plenty of animal treats on hand. Give guests who want to shower your pet with love a healthier option and everyone will feel special. One of our doggo friends (good boy, Brutus) loves these pumpkin peanut butter biscuits from Recipe Boy. We doubt your dog will mind that it’s not PSL season yet.

    Keep your hot dogs cool

    There aren’t too many places in America that aren’t just plain hot on Independence Day. If you let your pet outdoors, make sure they have access to plenty of water and shade to help keep them cool. Try this DIY self-watering dog dish from Instructables to keep them hydrated. We also love DIY Show Off’s upcycled dog bed with umbrella.

    Work it out

    Getting your pet a lot of healthy exercise prior to the festivities can help calm them down later in the day, especially if they’re prone to overexcitement. Plan on a long, long walk or an extra game of tug in the morning to help wear them out.

    Tails for traveling

    If you’re hitting the road for the holiday weekend, you’ll need to make sure your best pup or kitty is taken care of. Arrange for a trusted friend to check up on them. This could include providing special feeding instructions, sharing contact info for the vet in case of an emergency or even giving them a code to your smart lock for easy yet secure home access while you’re away.


    If you’re traveling with your pet, practice good car safety by securing them in a crate or with a seatbelt-like harness. Have snacks and water on hand to keep them healthy and happy during pitstops. Give them a toy or a frozen treat to keep them occupied so they don’t distract the driver.

    Find more ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, from backyard party ideas to patriotic porch décor to at-home holiday fun for the whole family, all at the Schlage blog.


    Give Santa his own code the night before Christmas.

    December 12, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 12, 2022

    How Schlage saved Christmas storybook

    How Schlage gave Santa an easier way in and saved Christmas.



    Red book titled How Schlage Saved Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads; and mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, wishing I could settle in for a long winter nap.


    But sadly I knew someone must wait up to open the door, let St. Nick in and prepare for presents galore. So I sat by the entryway with spare key in hand, trying not to doze while I waited for the man. Before long my eyes became heavy, my chin fell to my chest and my breathing went steady.


    Then I awoke with a start and with the sun pouring in, the children rushed to the tree to open their presents; they couldn’t wait to begin. It didn’t take long before everyone saw, a distinct lack of packages stacked ‘round the skirt. “You didn’t let him in,” scowled mamma, looking hurt. She spoke not another word, but went straight to work, and filled all the stockings with socks and underwear; I felt like a jerk.

    Kid pouting next to Christmas tree.

    My glance dropped to the floor as my kids began to whimper, when from the corner of my eye I caught a slight glimmer. The spare key I’d grasped now laid on the ground; I’d meant to give it to Santa last night when he came around. I knew then and there, this would never happen again, never would St. Nick be unable to get in.


    I rushed to the store a day later, and made a dash for the lock aisle; my path couldn’t be straighter. The options were plenty but I knew a smart lock with multiple access codes was what I needed; I’d give a code to Santa so my kids wouldn’t feel cheated.


    So I picked up a Schlage and grinned from ear to ear, I was getting remote access and security, even when I wasn’t here. I could program the lock and control it with my phone. Then I’d give unique codes to my kids to let them in after school, even when they were alone. Our pet sitter could use their code to check on our dalmatian, and the neighbors could water the plants when we go on vacation.

    Letter to Santa with smart lock access code.

    I paid for my new smart lock at the counter with glee, and knew that mamma would be happy again with me. I delayed not a moment when I arrived home with pride; I installed the lock in minutes then sent a letter to Santa full of yuletide. I included an access number, one of his own, and now while we slumber, he can enter the home. Not 1225, that’s too easy to guess, so I programmed 54636377, the numbers for KINDNESS. I closed my letter with a humbling plea, bring a dolly for Molly and a bike for Mike, and mamma would like a new set of skis. As for me, I’ve got all I need – peace of mind and home security.


    When the night before Christmas rolls around in a year, I’ll join my family in revelry knowing there’s nothing to fear. I can just see it now: as I lay in bed welcoming sleep, St. Nick in his sleigh driven by his reindeer fleet. He’ll give his team a whistle, and away they’ll fly like the down of a thistle. And I’ll hear him exclaim, ere he drives out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

    If you’re worried that Santa can’t get into your house, don’t forget a smart lock can erase all your doubts. With remote access and advanced security, a smart lock keeps your holiday home filled with glee. If you’re not sure which smart lock to add to your list, our get help deciding tool is here to assist!


    Fire safety tips to keep your home and loved ones safe.

    November 11, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    fire safety | Schlage

    As temperatures start to drop outside, getting cozy inside your home is more attractive than ever. But before you do, take some time to review these residential fire safety tips. 



    As temperatures start to drop outside, getting cozy inside your home is more attractive than ever. Cooking comfort food, lighting a fall candle, or enjoying the season’s first evening around the fireplace may sound like the perfect autumn activity. But before you start on any of these, first review residential fire safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
    Fire extinguisher on kitchen counter next to stovetop.

    Working Smoke Detectors

    The first step for home fire safety is to make sure you have working smoke detectors. At minimum, every home should have a smoke alarm on each level and outside all sleeping areas. Installing smoke detectors in each bedroom is also highly recommended. If you aren’t sure how old your smoke detectors are, it is a good idea to have them tested and/or replaced because older smoke detectors are less effective. Once installed, put a reminder in your calendar to test the batteries and vacuum around them to remove cobwebs (dusty smoke detectors are more likely to have a nuisance alarm). Smoke detector batteries need to be replaced at least once a year.

    Strategically Placed Fire Extinguisher

    Another key home fire safety measure is to have one or more fire extinguishers strategically placed in your home. When purchasing a fire extinguisher, look for one that is rated “A-B-C” and recommended for home use. Not all fire extinguishers are operated the same way; take time to proactively read through the instructions because there will be no time to do so in the event of a fire. Fire extinguishers should only be used by adults, so place them high on a wall where they are out of reach of children. When installing your fire extinguishers, choose a location that is near an exit and away from heat.

    Keep Bedroom Doors Closed

    Why is keeping bedroom doors closed a fire safety tip? Closed doors slow the spread of flames. Fires need oxygen to grow, and closed doors limit the airflow available for combustion. Keeping a fire contained gives firefighters more time to arrive on the scene and quickly handle the situation. Another important reason to keep bedroom doors closed in the event of a fire is that it helps contain smoke, reducing the risk of smoke inhalation as your household members evacuate.

    Choose UL fire rated locks from Schlage

    UL Fire rated locks are independently certified through Underwriter Laboratories, Inc. to meet product safety requirements in the event of a fire. Because not all locks are fire rated, it is important to carefully read product descriptions before purchase. If you are shopping for a fire rated lock, confirm that it is “UL certified” before purchasing.

    Consider Emergency Egress

    Can your doors be easily unlocked and opened in an emergency? Schlage's keyed locks all feature emergency egress so you can unlock your door from the inside by simply rotating the lever, allowing you to leave quickly and conveniently. This feature provides peace of mind that, in the event of a fire, you and your household will be able to evacuate as fast as possible. If you aren’t sure what kind of door lock to choose, use our product selector tool to find the best option for your specific needs.

    Create an Emergency Plan

    Having an emergency plan for your household is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page in the event of a home fire. Think through your home’s layout and outline two ways to evacuate from every room in your home; this gives you options in case one path is blocked. If you have a two-story home, consider purchasing emergency ladders. Your emergency plan also needs to identify a household meeting spot outside where everyone can safely convene. Once you have a fire emergency plan in place, make sure everyone in your family knows it. Practice the plan on a regular basis – at minimum, walk through the plan every year with your family. If you have children in your home, teach them about smoke alarms so they can identify what smoke detectors are, what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm go off. Lastly, make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 and how to respond with stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.

    Being careful to review fire safety tips regularly can keep you and your loved ones safe during a home fire emergency. At Schlage, we are committed to protecting what matters most. Looking for more ways to make your home safer this fall? Check out the Schlage blog for fall home safety and security projects.


    Home security and pets: 4 things to know.

    November 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    Pet security | Schlage

    Use these tips to have more peace of mind and better enjoy your fluffy friends. 



    Coming home to your pet after a long day is an instant mood boost. It’s no secret that pet ownership offers many benefits like increasing opportunities for exercise, time outside, and companionship. But have you ever wondered if having a pet helps or harms your home security? As we wrap up Animal Safety and Protection Month and Crime Prevention Month; use these tips to have more peace of mind and better enjoy your fluffy friends.
    Woman petting German Shephard dog laying on floor.

    Do Pets Deter Break Ins?

    It’s easy to picture a growling dog scaring off a burglar. If you have an intimidating or territorial pet, it is likely that they may prevent a break in. But for a determined criminal, even a top guard dog isn’t much of a deterrent. You shouldn’t rely on a pet as your line of defense against a potential threat. While your pet may be helpful in sounding the alarm, there are better ways to protect what matters most in your home. While fancy security systems are certainly something to consider, you should first assess how easy it would be for someone to gain entry to your home. Do all your exterior doors have top-rated, working locks? If so, are you diligent in locking up? At Schlage, our door hardware is certified highest in security, durability and finish, giving you peace of mind. Browse our products, and consider a smart lock to make it easier to keep your home secure from anywhere.

    The Risk of Pet Doors

    Many homes have pet doors to make it easier for your dog or cat to come and go. While they do offer convenience, pet doors are a hole in your home security. A small burglar may be able to enter your home through a pet door. More commonly, intruders may be able to reach an arm through a pet door to unlock the door, especially when the pet door is installed on a back or side door. Such access points are easy targets because they enable burglars to force entry from the back yard, which is often fenced in and out of sight for neighbors and street traffic. Protect your home by securing pet doors. You may decide having a pet door isn’t worth the security risk, but at minimum it is smart to make sure pet doors are not located close to door locks, install a cover and slide bolt to lock your pet door from the inside when not in use, and use a security system.

    Home Access for Pet Sitters

    The next time you are out of town, who do you call to take care of your pet? Many owners hire pet sitters and dog walkers to help when needed. While it may seem easiest to just hand out a copy of your home key to service providers or hide a key under your flower pot, think carefully about how that could impact your home security. Once you give out a key, you can’t keep track of what happens to it. Even the most trusted helper could potentially misplace your key, or it is easy for you to forget who all you’ve given a key to. We recommend smart locks for homeowners who frequently have service professionals in and out to take care of pets. Our smart locks enable you to grant temporary access codes from anywhere through the Schlage Home App. These innovative solutions pair ease of access with top-rated security, giving you peace of mind at all times.

    Coming and Going with Your Pets

    One of the most common activities to enjoy with your pet is going for a walk. Even if you are just going for a quick lap around the neighborhood, it is important for your home security to make sure you lock the door behind you. But with a leash in hand, messing with keys can be a hassle. For heavily trafficked side doors, we recommend our keypad locks that offer the convenience of keyless entry and autolock options. Autolock automatically relocks your door after 5 seconds, so you don’t have to worry if you’re a block down the road with your pooch and can’t remember if you locked the door. It’s tempting to think that your side door is less prone to break ins, but many intruders prefer an entry point that isn’t easily seen. That’s why it’s important to invest in your peace of mind by choosing a side door lock you can trust.

    Whether you are a current pet owner or considering adding a new furry friend to your family, it is important to consider how having a pet affects your home security. For more than 100 years, Schlage has offered durable door hardware in a range of unique style combinations designed to help make your home safer and your life more convenient. Visit our product page to explore innovative solutions for keeping your home secure as you enjoy life with your pets.


    Home safety and security projects to complete this fall.

    November 02, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 2, 2022

    Fall home safety and security projects | Schlage

    Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.



    Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for colder weather ahead and take care of any summer projects that may have gone undone. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.
    Grandmother, mother and two young daughters raking and playing in leaves outside.

    Test alarms and sensors

    Prepping for the holidays can be so much fun, but it can also mean increased safety hazards in the house. Over the next couple months, you'll be decorating for the holidays, cooking large family meals, enjoying fires in your fireplace, lighting candles, and maybe setting up a Christmas tree. Prepare for the additional hazards these activities bring by testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replacing batteries.


    Also, make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Look for an expiration date on the label and make sure it hasn't passed. In addition, ensure that the pressure dial is in the green, or charged, area. Protecting your home against residential fires will give you peace of mind to enjoy making your home cozy during the holiday season.

    Check insulation points

    Doors and windows are the primary sources for wasted energy in most homes. Apply caulk, weather stripping and insulation inside and outside of the home to ensure you don’t waste any energy – or see increased energy bills – by letting heat leak out. Check on weather stripping around your doors, windows, and garage door; the felt strips seal these openings to prevent drafts, but they can wear down over time. Replace any faded weather stripping and fix drafty doors to increase energy efficiency.

    Clean your gutters

    Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out before it gets too cold. This will prevent gutters from overflowing with rain or snow, damaging your roof, and prevent water from pooling at the base of your home, putting strain on your foundation. Remove the leaves that accumulate on your roof with a roof rake. Simply position the rake behind the leaves and pull forward until they fall off the roof. Once you’ve climbed up to your gutters, put on some waterproof gloves and scoop the leaves out by hand. Just remember to always keep one hand on the ladder for safety.

    Prepare your fireplace

    For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Even if you plan on cleaning and maintaining it yourself, have a professional do an initial inspection. A professional will be able to make sure your chimney isn’t at risk for a chimney fire and can walk you through chimney safety tips. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins.

    Clean up your lawnmower, grill and other outdoor yard tools

    Your lawnmower, grill and other yard tools are probably dirty after a spring and summer of use. Don't let that dirt and grime sit around all winter. Instead, take the time to clean, tune up and properly store and/or cover these items so they will be ready to be fired up in the spring. Look back at your safety manuals to see which items can be safely stored below freezing during the colder months and make sure you take care of any winterizing items like draining used oil.

    Clean carpets

    Fall is an excellent time to clean your carpets inside. Carpets and rugs tend to collect dirt and dust and grime all summer long, and you’ll want them clean for indoor winter activities. Be sure to open your windows and air out your house as the carpet dries – another bonus of tackling this project in the fall.

    Drain outside water faucets and irrigation

    Not prepping your exterior water outlets could result in an expensive mess. Water lines exposed to outside temperatures, including underground irrigation lines and exterior faucets, can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, which can crack the pipes or hose bibs.


    Start by turning off the water lines inside your house. The shutoff valves are usually located near the main plumbing line that brings water into the home. Then open your outdoor spigots to drain the water in the lines. (If you have to drain your irrigation lines, you'll need a pro.) Check the faucets on occasion to ensure that water isn't leaking out. If it is, the shutoff valves either aren't closed all the way, or they're leaky and need to be replaced. It’s much easier to take care of any leaks while the weather is still warm, rather than realizing you have an issue to take care of in cold weather.

    Trim problem bushes and trees

    The last thing you want is for branches to collect frozen water or snow, get too heavy and fall on your house during a winter storm. Now is the time to inspect nearby trees and shrubs and cut any dying branches or limbs hanging over your home before they can do damage. Resist over-trimming, though. Trimming promotes new growth, so wait until your bushes and trees are truly dormant (after winter, in early spring) to do your annual pruning.

    Check and secure door locks

    Exterior door lock alignment can be affected by changing temperatures. If there is moisture slightly warping exterior doors or if you have thick weather stripping, it can affect the fit of your door, potentially throwing off the latch or deadbolt alignment. If any of your exterior locks aren’t working like they should, use these solutions to get your doors and locks working together seamlessly.


    Use the changing season as a reminder to check and replace the batteries on any smart locks in your home. Schlage smart locks include low battery indicators, but it is always a good idea to install fresh batteries before the weather dips into low digits.

    What other projects are you taking on this fall to prepare your home for winter? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.


    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home.

    September 20, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Secure Schlage smart lock | Schlage

    Here are some things to consider when choosing the best smart lock for your home.



    Technology moves fast, and smart homes are getting more and more advanced by the day. Smart home ecosystems can be intricate or easy, depending on how tech-savvy you are and which devices you need in your space. Regardless of what you prefer, Schlage smart locks are compatible with multiple smart home devices and ecosystems for your best hands-free comfort and protection. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best smart lock for your home.
    Woman leaving home to walk dog after locking front door with Schlage smart lock.

    Enhance your smart home

    What smart devices are already in your home? Which smart features are your favorite? If you’re already using automated smart home devices but unsure of which door lock is best for your system, Schlage is a smart bet. Before purchasing a new smart device, think of the smart ecosystem already in your home and its compatible brands. Schlage works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Alexa, making it a trusted partner in most smart home automations and advancements.

    Identify security features

    When choosing a smart lock to protect and secure your home, look for extra security features. Some Schlage smart locks feature an audible built-in alarm that is triggered by tampering or attempted forced entry. We always recommend exterior door hardware with its own security protection, but more importantly, think of your home’s location and any existing security measures. What smart devices or features will bring your peace of mind full circle?


    Schlage locks offer customizable auto-lock technology, so you’ll know your door is locked, even when you’re away. You can choose to program your smart deadbolt to automatically lock behind you, setting the timing for anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. This makes your home safer and gives you peace of mind.

    Consider ease of access

    You have a variety of secure options for keyless entry and sharing access with guests. Choose to give access seamlessly through the Schlage home app on your smartphone with virtual keys. Or, if you prefer not to use your smart phone, there is always the option of granting unique access codes for the touchscreen keypad. Before choosing a smart lock for your home, know the difference between Schlage smart locks and the features to best accommodate your household.

    Discover remote capabilities

    Locking and unlocking your door with a smartphone adds major convenience to your life, especially when you can do it from anywhere. A smart lock can provide peace of mind with the ability to check the status of your lock at any time, from any place. Be sure to know the remote access capabilities of a smart lock and how to integrate it in your home and lifestyle before purchasing. Keep in mind, some smart locks need an extra hub to enable communication with your phone via WiFi and integrate with other smart devices. Simplify by choosing a lock with built-in WiFi, such as the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.

    Know the smart lock's battery life

    Before installing a new smart lock, learn what to expect from it—about how long will the batteries last? Do you need a Bluetooth or Z-Wave compatible device to match your preferred smart home system? How may the deadbolt’s technology and amount of use affect its battery life? These are all important things to consider, but the most important thing is to look for locks with clear low battery warnings.


    With Schlage, you can check the status of your battery at any time through the Schlage home app. Additionally, you will automatically be warned of a low battery through the lock’s touchscreen keypad long before your battery fails. If you’re upgrading your smart lock, we recommend the Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt—our newest, most advanced smart lock, powered by AA batteries and WiFi. No matter which smart lock you choose for your home, count on our products to warn you of low battery weeks before losing power. And if your [digital key] device dies or you don’t change the battery to your lock in time, all our locks come with a backup mechanical key. With Schlage, you'll never need to worry about locking yourself out of the house again.

    Trust before you buy

    For the most secure locks on the market, let the BHMA residential grading system speak for itself. BHMA is a board of industry experts who grade the performance of residential door hardware on Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best; ‘AAA’ is the best grade possible in all three categories. The Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm were graded AAA by the BHMA and backed by Schlage’s product warranty.


    It’s best to choose a lock supported by its manufacturer with a generous warranty like Schlage. We offer customers a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty and a limited three-year electronics warranty to the original user. Other manufacturers’ warranty terms can be found on their product packaging or website.


    If you value quality craftsmanship that is meant to last, choose a smart lock (and any other smart home device) manufactured by a brand with a tried and true legacy. For more information on our smart lock offerings and a look at which smart home ecosystems our locks are compatible with, visit