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    How to safely dispose of common household items and chemicals.

    February 21, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 21, 2022

    Materials disposal

    When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.



    We love upcycling as much as the next person, but somethings just can’t – or shouldn’t – be reused. When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.
    Woman placing trash bag in trash toter on residential street.
    To start, check the labels and packaging of household items, if you can. They often give clues as to how to safely dispose of them. If you’re uncertain, even after using the guide below, call your local environmental, health or solid waste agency. They should be able to advise you on how to properly dispose of or recycle most items.

    How to dispose of common household items

    Cleaning supplies

    The active ingredients in household cleaners can vary widely, so it’s best to consult the packaging for disposal instructions. Some of the milder solutions can often be poured down the drain, but those with more hazardous chemicals – oven and drain cleaners, furniture and metal polish, and tub and tile cleaners to name a few – should be taken to a waste disposal center. Check out this helpful household waste chart from Water Environment Federation for more information on which cleaners are safe to dispose of yourself.

    Light bulbs

    You’re never going to stop using light bulbs. Even if you wanted to, many candles emit toxic chemicals into the air as they burn, so they’re not a great alternative anyway. So when it’s time to replace your light bulbs, at least dispose of them properly. Incandescent – the standard, old-school kind – and halogen bulbs can go out in the regular trash. Fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, however, can re-introduce mercury into the environment, which is no good for soil and water. The Junkluggers recommend taking them to a local retailer or collection center for proper recycling.

    Aerosol cans

    Only throw aerosols in the trash if you’re sure the can is completely empty. Even a half-full can contains a high amount of pressure and can explode. To be sure it’s empty, spray a piece of cardboard until absolutely nothing more comes out. If it isn’t empty, recycle it through a hazardous waste facility. This applies to spray paint, some cleaning solutions and certain types of sunscreens and bug repellants.


    Although some areas will accept mattresses in the landfill, it’s not a great option. Sleep Foundation estimates that almost 20 million mattresses end up in the landfill each year, and at their size, that’s a major environmental impact … not the good kind, either. Instead, recycle them. Earth911 has an excellent database to help you find recycling centers for mattresses as well as other items. If there isn’t a recycling center that will accept the entire mattress and you’re up for a bit of work, break down the mattress and recycle its individual parts.

    Landfill with mattresses and other large household items.

    Best way to recycle appliances and electronics

    Large appliances

    About half the states in the U.S. have banned large appliances from landfills, so if you aren’t going to donate them to a group like Habitat for Humanity, recycling refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and other similar items is really your only option. If you’ve just bought a new appliance, ask the store to take your old one when they deliver the new. They might also be able to take other appliances, not just the upgraded oven you purchased.


    Another option is to ask your community about bulk pick-up days. If there is a designated time for large-appliance pick-up, ask about additional rules. They might not accept appliances with Freon, and if they do, they might charge extra for that service. It’s also worth looking into the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Not only will a RAD partner dispose of the appliance for you, but you may also be eligible for a financial incentive or rebate.

    Small appliances

    The key to whether these items can be put in the trash or should be recycled is if they contain hazardous waste. Televisions, computers, microwaves, thermostats and string lights, for example, can contain chemicals that, if leaked, contaminate the soil and waterways. Take them to a hazardous waste facility. Lamps and light fixtures, toasters and vacuum cleaners are generally safe for the landfill as long as you remove any rechargeable batteries first. More on batteries in a minute.

    Personal electronics

    When you replace your TV, computer, printer or phone, ask the retailer if they have a take-back program. You can often then mail or return your old electronic to them for proper recycling. This is better for the environment than adding it to the landfill and can be safer for you in that your personal information can be removed from the device before processing.


    The type of battery will dictate the best way to dispose of it. Note that in this case, “type” means which metals it contains, not the size or shape. Single-use lithium and button-cell batteries should be taken to a special recycling location, as should several types of rechargeable batteries. Many other types can be put in your community’s recycling. The EPA has a detailed chart to help you dispose of batteries so that important metals can be reused, making them more sustainable for the environment, and to avoid accidental fires as even “dead” batteries may still have enough charge to cause a spark.

    Man throwing batteries into trash can.

    More disposal tips

    • Keep hazardous materials such as pesticides, cleaning solutions and other solvents in their original containers. This not only reduces confusion of what it actually is – you don’t want someone to mistake it for food – but it also reduces the chance of leaks and other accidents. If you put a corrosive chemical in the wrong metal container, for example, the container could erode, creating a hazardous spill and possibly causing personal injury.

    • Do not remove the original labels from containers. This will reduce the chances that you mistakenly use something for the incorrect purpose as well as keep important information about shelf life, storage and disposal on hand.

    • Don’t mix chemicals. You might think it’s easier to dispose of a single container than lots of half-empty buckets. However, some materials simply don’t mix. You could end up creating a chemical reaction that results in a fire, explosion or other danger. Mixing materials also could mean they are no longer recyclable.

    Looking for more ways to stay safe during home improvement? Check out the Schlage blog for essential safety gear for your next DIY project or tips to help you safely remodel your home during pregnancy.


    6 signs you should replace your door locks.

    February 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 4, 2022

    Replace door locks

    When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks?



    If a window is broken, you know you need a replacement. If your car tire is flat, it’s obvious that you need a new one. When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks? Here are six signs you need to upgrade your door locks that you shouldn’t ignore.
    Man installing Schlage smart door lock on garage door.

    1. It doesn’t latch or lock right

    Obviously, if your door hardware is broken – your toddler pulled the lever off the door, you can’t get the key in or out of the deadbolt – it’s time to replace it. But other times we fool ourselves into thinking it’s good enough as it is. Maybe the deadbolt sticks a little bit. Or maybe it latches, but only when we tug on it and hold it closed while we turn the key.


    In some of these cases, the issue might be with the door or frame. Rather than investing in new hardware, try making a few adjustments for when your lock doesn’t fit your door. In other cases, upgrading to a higher quality door knob or lever is the answer. The bolt could be sticking because it’s made of sub-par materials and no amount of lubricant or adjusting its position will fix it. Again, choose hardware that’s been tested to avoid these pitfalls. Look for the BHMA rating. One that’s graded A and certified highest in Durability is a sign you can trust that hardware to last.

    2. You’ve had a life-changing event

    Your home should adapt with your lifestyle, not necessarily the other way around. Consider how you use rooms differently as you transition from being a childless couple to having a newborn, from raising a toddler, then a teen and finally returning to being empty nesters. A room could need different door hardware in each of those life stages. You might have wanted to be able to lock the door to your home office, but now that it’s a child’s room? Maybe not. When choosing door locks for toddlers, some families find it’s best to switch to a passage function so their little one doesn’t lock themselves in a room during a fit of the Terrible Twos.


    Learn more about the difference between passage and privacy functions and what door hardware is best for each room in your house.


    If you’ve had a change in marital status, new hardware might be in order. New members of the household will need keys when you blend families . This could be a good time to switch to electronic locks, especially if you’re concerned about kids losing a spare key. With their own access codes, they can come and go securely, while still feeling welcome in their new home. And while it’s not fun to think about, if someone has moved out, it might put your mind at ease to change the locks then, too.

    3. You need security you can trust

    Locks for your front door, and even your back door and side entrance if we’re honest, should protect what matters most. To help keep your home and family secure, make sure exterior deadbolts check the following boxes:


    • High quality: Door hardware that helps protect your home should be made with premium materials, not cheap plastic. Look for attention to detail in the design that helps protect against attacks such as impact from hammers, sawing, picking and bumping. High-quality craftsmanship and better security often go hand-in-hand.

    • Durability: Whether it’s an interior lever or exterior deadbolt, you use your door hardware every day, multiple times each day. It should stand up to the test of time, working and looking as good on Year 10 as it did on Day 1. We know life can be hard on your home and that’s why we test our locks against everything from toddlers hanging on door levers to Mother Nature’s impact on handlesets.

    • Lifetime warranty: One way to check a lock company’s commitment to durability is to pay attention to the warranty. Schlage’s limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty is one way we show our commitment to providing durable, high-quality hardware. We also offer a limited three-year electronics warranty.

    4. You want to go smart

    Smart locks are a great way to add security as well as convenience. Maybe you just love to be on the cutting edge of innovation. With Schlage smart locks, you get the security and craftsmanship you expect from all of our deadbolts, plus integrations with your other favorite smart home devices. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, for example, works with Ring Video Doorbell so you can see who’s at your door and unlock it as needed, all from a single app. If you’re an Apple HomeKit® user, you might want the Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt. Or if you’re partial to Samsung SmartThings, try the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt. You can see the full list of integration partners at


    Regardless of the smart lock you choose, when it’s connected to your home network, you get remote access from anywhere. That’s peace of mind in the palm of your hand.

    5. It doesn’t match your style

    Many people are surprised to learn how big an impact door hardware can have on a room’s overall style. They don’t really notice a knob or lever until they’ve redone a room and the hardware sticks out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re renovating your entire home or simply giving a face lift to a single room, consider upgrading your hardware to match your new design. Schlage offers a wide variety of styles and finishes to fit nearly any home.


    Updating your door hardware’s style is also a great way to make a big change even when you have a smaller budget. To see what we mean, check out our popular blog on how to update hollow core doors to make the look more expensive.

    6. You’ve moved

    One of the first things you do when move into a new house is change the locks on your doors. You never know who might still have a key from the previous owners. Since you’re going to replace your locks anyway, be sure to choose ones that are right for your home and family. Do you want a mechanical deadbolt or electronic deadbolt? How much should you spend on a lock? While everyone’s budget is different, consider the value of a quality lock that will protect your home. Even a more expensive deadbolt costs less money than replacing belongings after a break-in. And if you don’t have to repair or replace a sub-standard lock that breaks every few years, you’ll save money in the long run.

    Once you’re ready to upgrade, make sure you choose what’s right for you. Get started with this shopper’s guide to door hardware and try our interactive Product Selector at


    Top 10 Schlage blogs of 2021.

    December 29, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Ringing in 2022

    As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.



    2021 changes to 2022 on an alarm clock on a yellow background with festive glitter on New Year's Eve and Christmas.
    It’s almost time to turn another calendar page, which always makes us a little nostalgic. As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.
    home robot

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.



    Hollow core door makeover

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.



    Porch remodels

    When we shared this blog on Facebook, you all had some amazing things to say. Even Mike Holmes chimed in. Plus, who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches story? These front porch makeovers show just how much impact some curb appeal TLC can have.



    Pregnant woman painting rainbow textile

    It’s a beautiful and exciting time of life, but when you’re expecting, it can also be overwhelming. You have so many questions! We tried to answer a few of those queries about what you should and shouldn’t do so Mom and Baby stay healthy during home improvement projects. This one was also part of our eight-part Bringing Home Baby series, so be sure to check out the other blogs on nesting in the nursery, organization with kiddos and more.



    children and father playing with cardboard box.

    Staying safe and keeping your home secure is everyone’s responsibility. It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to protect themselves. This blog, which was part of our Crime Prevention Month series, offers some effective tips for doing just that. If you have little ones in your life, you won’t want to miss this list of security lessons ranging from knowing what to do when a stranger comes to the door to teaching your teens about dating violence.



    Woman in virtual meeting while working from home.

    Cybersecurity is nothing to take lightly. We buy gifts and bank online, order meal delivery via an app, stream music through smart speakers and pay for groceries with our watch. And then we started working from home and we weren’t just protecting our own digital identities but our employers’ information as well. This article offers advice to help make sure your connected transactions, from bill pay to video chats to storing confidential files, are secure.



    digital organization

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever made the New Year’s resolution to be more organized. Yup, us too. As part of our January series on cleaning and organization, we shared our favorite tips for beating electronic clutter. Although it’s less obvious than a messy closet shelf, a disorganized computer or phone can have a major impact on your sanity and the security of your personal information.



    woman painting wall with green paint

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word. And for many homeowners, not being environmentally friendly isn’t an option anymore. Still, the best ways to make your home more sustainable aren’t always obvious. That’s why we made this guide to eco-friendly renovations. In this article, we cover everything from choosing “clean” materials for inside the home to beneficial landscaping ideas for outside.




    In 2019, we decorated with houseplants because they were beautiful. In 2020, they became a hobby because what else was there to do? In 2021, we stuck with houseplants for their style and as a hobby. If you’re among the group that’s still struggling to keep their indoor plants healthy though, start with this blog, which covers how much lighting, water and humidity your houseplants need to thrive. We also give some ideas for plant varieties that will make turning your brown thumb green easier. If you’re looking for more – how to choose the right container, how to keep your pets and plants safe at the same time – you’ll find it in the rest of our series on all things houseplants.



    Lever and door handing

    Door hardware can be surprisingly complex sometimes. Case in point: lever and door handing. We wrote this piece to help you buy the right thing when upgrading the levers in your home – and not have to install them upside-down or return them to the store. Get the complete explanation here and if you still have questions, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



    Honorable mention

    How to clean porch décor: When was the last time you washed that doormat?


    Advice for buying your first home: Because buyer’s remorse hits a lot harder on a house you spent thousands on versus a $50 sweater.


    Time travel: Vacation safety tips from 1953 that still work: A lot has changed in almost 70 years … but not as much as you might think.


    How to set up a home bar for your best holiday hosting: A Joybird study found that a fully stocked bar is the top-ranked must-have for hosting a party, so are your ready?


    This is just the tiniest of fractions of what we offered in 2021, hoping to provide you with the ideas and know-how for turning your home into a haven. Find the rest, from DIY projects to technology and security updates, at


    Home security steps you should take during the holidays.

    December 10, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 10, 2021

    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.



    Red front door with Christmas wreath and Schlage bright chrome door locks.

    Winter weather is here and soon you’ll be traveling to visit family and friends during school breaks, hosting guests at your home for the holidays and eagerly anticipating the delivery of your share of the 3 billion packages shipped each December. It can be easy to let our guards down when we’re distracted by all the festivities. In fact, nearly half a million homes are burglarized during the holidays and robbery rates are rising an average of 20% around this time of year.


    Thankfully, with a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free. Take some advice from the pros at Schlage and don’t ignore these winter vacation home safety tips.

    Install a home security system

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a home security system can help decrease your chances of being burglarized. Options range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup like Alexa Guard that you manage and monitor on your own using your smartphone or other connected technologies. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you want. With most systems going wireless, you can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert you and your home security provider of a potential breach.


    If you have a security system with third-party surveillance, notify the monitoring company that you’ll be out of town. The extra step may allow them to take swifter action if a disturbance is detected and they know you’re away.

    Home Security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Install smart locks and home security devices

    Installing a smart lock, or taking advantage of all its security features if you already have one, is an important step toward protecting your home. When you trust your home to Schlage, you can connect your smart lock with other home security devices. So not only do you have the physical security of a high-quality deadbolt at the door, but you also gain piece of mind by being able to monitor and control your protection using your smartphone.


    Pairing your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with the Ring Video Doorbell, for example, means you can see who’s on your porch and let them in if it’s someone you trust, all from a single app. The Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave technology works with security systems like ADT and You can view the complete list of our partners at to see which locks are compatible with your favorite smart home devices.


    Even if you choose not to pair your smart lock with other technology, you can take advantage of features like push notifications to your phone to alert you when the lock is used or if there’s a disturbance at the door. You can also lock and unlock the deadbolt remotely, perfect for when a friend needs to drop off an unexpected package or check on the pipes in the basement during a hard freeze.


    Lastly, if you’ve assigned unique access codes that won’t be needed while you’re away, you can temporarily disable them from the app on your phone. Don’t need the babysitter while you have the kids with you on winter vacation? Disable the code. Want to keep the housecleaners out, even though they usually come on Wednesdays? Disable their code, too

    Home Security - Exterior lighting - Schlage

    Remember outdoor security

    One of the best ways to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion-sensor lighting can both alert friendly neighbors that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Projected and architectural lighting can provide a holiday lightscape as well as a bright, visible deterrent. The best part? According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief for Allegion, lighting is one of the most affordable ways to provide both security and beauty through the holiday season and beyond. To make your house look lived in – more on that in a minute – set porch lights, spotlights and holiday strands on a timer. If the timer can be connected to your smartphone so you can control it from afar, too, even better.


    Take one more step to help protect your home’s exterior from potential burglars and Mother Nature. Patio furniture, grills and fire pit accessories can be stowed in the garage or shed. The same goes for any of the kids’ toys, like sleds, that might have been left out. This will help deter someone from walking off with your outdoor furniture and prevent damage during a winter storm.

    Home Security - Tips - Schlage

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail overflowing from the mailbox or on the front porch, or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your post office to hold your mail until you return or have someone collect it each day. If you have a smart lock, you can assign a code that allows a trusted friend or neighbor to place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.


    Lastly, like exterior lighting, keeping your indoors illuminated can help deter break-ins. Rather than just leaving the lamp on at all hours of the day or setting them on a timer that burglars may notice – if the same lights turn on at the same time every day, they’ll probably figure it out – consider installing a solution that randomizes your lights. The Leviton Decora Lighting System is a WiFi-enabled solution that can do just that. Even better, pair it with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. You can then use the Leviton app to set up Away mode. When you lock the Schlage Encode deadbolt, it triggers Away mode to secure the door and turn lights on and off at random intervals until you get back and return to Leviton Home mode.

    Take out the trash

    Most homes create 25 percent more household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and that’s according to a 2015 EPA study. Imagine what that number is today with the increase in online shopping – all those boxes, packing peanuts and used holiday party supplies. When it comes to winter season waste, two steps can help keep your home safe. First, don’t tempt burglars with packaging on the curb. The box from your new big-screen TV will make your house almost too good to pass up. Break down large boxes and put everything in trash bags or take them directly to a cardboard recycling facility for an even more sustainable holiday.


    Second, if you’re traveling, ask your neighbors to put some of their trash in front of your house on pick-up days. No garbage at the holidays – or at any time of year – is another sign that you’ve left town.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight and install blinds or curtains for even more protection. Consider stowing your most valuable items in a home safe or a safety deposit box at a different location.


    The same goes for packages you leave in your car. The few extra seconds you spend to secure your packages in the trunk or to cover them on the floor in the back seat will pay big dividends later.

    Home Security - Package delivery - Schlage

    Keep your package deliveries safe

    Most of us worry this time of year about our packages being stolen. One work-around is to instruct delivery professionals to leave them in an inconspicuous location like behind a bush. Just don’t leave those instructions on a post-it on your door, which can be a signal to burglars that you’re not home. Instead, leave special delivery instructions digitally when you place your online order or call the store directly when you purchase. You can also redirect your packages through the USPS, UPS or FedEx websites ¬– these all offer simple, common-sense solutions that can keep your deliveries secure. Another great option is to use a package delivery lockbox


    Another option is to ask a neighbor to retrieve packages for you or, if you’re shopping online and know you’ll be out of town when your items are shipped, change the delivery address to a friend’s house or your office. Not only are your packages not sitting out unattended, just asking to get swiped, but your friend doesn’t have to venture out in the cold. Remember, thieves are looking for a quick and easy score, so even the smallest deterrent can make a big difference. Be smart when shopping online.

    Winterize your home

    You might have already taken care of some of these tasks, but if not, check them off your list before you hit the road. Turn off outdoor spigots and drain garden hoses to prevent damage from water and ice near your home’s foundation. While we’re talking about exterior projects, inspect your roof and gutters. You might hire a professional for this, especially if it’s already icy up there. Repair any damage before your trip so you aren’t stressing about it if a winter storm blows in. Trim tree branches that could fall on your home or driveway when weighed down with ice.


    Indoors, winterize your doors and windows. This could be adding weather stripping to cut down on outdoor drafts and moisture. And while you’re at it, check that the locks and frames, even on your windows, are in good condition and secure. If you’ve run extension cords through gaps in the doors, garage door or windows to power your holiday light display, change that now. (And please don’t do it again.) Even the smallest opening can be an invitation for unwanted visitors.


    Insulate pipes to help keep them from freezing. You might also install leak sensors that can notify you via smartphone so you don’t come home to a flooded basement. Make sure your HVAC system is working efficiently. Before you leave for vacation, follow this winter safety tip: adjust your thermostat to approximately 55 degrees. This will help protect your pipes, too, when temperatures drop.

    Keep your travel plans off social media

    By all means, let your family, close friends and neighbors know you will be gone so they can keep an eye on things. But as excited as you may be to get away, don’t post your holiday travel plans on Facebook or Twitter and don’t broadcast your adventures on TikTok or Instagram. Trust us, no matter how much fun you’re having, sharing can wait until you return!

    With a small investment in the latest technologies and a little know-how, you’ll be all set for the holidays. Find more ideas for your winter home, whether it’s technology to keep your home more secure, ideas for cold weather curb appeal or our hosting guide to avoid committing party faux pas, at the Schlage blog.

    5 common holiday fire hazards and how to prevent them.

    November 22, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Holiday fire hazards | Schlage

    It’s easy to get distracted by all the fun this time of year, meaning your vigilance, one of the best ways to help prevent house fires, tends to drop.



    It’s that time of year. Candles, space heaters, holiday cooking and decorations make your home feel festive and cozy, but they can also create fire hazards. It’s easy to get distracted by all the fun this time of year, too, meaning your vigilance, one of the best ways to help prevent house fires, tends to drop. Here are five common fire hazards in your home and ways to avoid them this winter.
    Lit candles next to vase of Christmas greenery and holiday ornaments.

    1. Kitchen fires

    According to the Red Cross, most house fires are a result of cooking. A majority of those start on the stovetop. Obviously, you want to avoid leaving your stove unattended regardless of the season. During holiday time, though, it’s important to be extra dedicated, especially when frying traditional favorites like latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts). If you don’t want to ignore your guests, prepare as much of the meal as possible before they arrive or designate a friend or family member to be the official greeter to let your visitors in and keep them company while you cook.


    Before decorating your kitchen for the holidays, do a deep clean. Scrub the stove and oven thoroughly, removing grease and built-up grime that can potentially start a kitchen fire. Don’t forget underneath your range hood. Food splatter can collect up there, but because we don’t usually see it, most of us don’t clean up there as often as we should. Remove dust bunnies from refrigerator coils, which not only reduces risk but also can help your fridge run more efficiently. Once you’re ready to decorate, keep décor away from the stove, microwave and all appliance vents.

    Fire extinguisher in kitchen.

    2. Overloaded electrical outlets

    Old or faulty power cords, overloaded plugs and loose outlets are bad news any time of year. December seems to attract higher risk, though, thanks to extra strings of lights, outdoor inflatables and other décor. When you use an extension cord for long stretches of time, you increase the odds of a short circuit, which can lead to fire. Go ahead and use the extension cord for holiday décor. But first, inspect it for thinning insulation and other damage. Only use the extension cord for short periods and unplug it when not in use. Also, don’t cover it up with rugs, no matter how ugly it is.


    You can also look for surge protectors with an automatic shutoff. This feature causes the surge protector to shut down when it reaches maximum capacity, similar to your circuit breaker. If you’re using a surge protector or extension cord outdoors, make sure it’s graded for exterior use.


    No one wants to be a slave to turning holiday lights on and off, so consider putting them on a timer or connecting them to a smart outlet. You’ll be more likely to practice good fire safety when it’s convenient (not to mention save on energy).

    Festive home with Christmas lights and blow up santa with reindeer.

    3. Candles

    Candles are part of many holiday traditions – Diwali and Kwanzaa, Christmas and Hannukah, the Nordic St. Lucia Day and New Year’s Eve. They play an important part in ceremonies, décor and sometimes just brighten our moods during long winter nights. It probably seems obvious to not leave the room while a candle is burning, but don’t forget matches and lighters, which can spark unexpectedly or smolder enough to start a fire in the trash. Keep pets and children clear of the flames. And when possible, choose a flameless alternative. Battery-powered LED lights are a safer option for luminaries and lanterns.


    If you like to burn holiday candles for the scent, try a simmer pot instead. Add cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peel to a pot with some water and simmer on low on the stovetop or in the crockpot, replenishing the water regularly as it evaporates. You can also use a wax warmer, decorate with live evergreens and scented pine cones, or bake some cookies for that warm holiday smell without the candles.

    Burning candles with Christmas decorations on wooden tray.

    4. Heat sources

    As the outdoor temperatures drop, you go the extra step with space heaters and fireplaces to stay toastier indoors. Stay safe and keep kids and pets away from them. The same goes for anything else flammable, like stockings, blankets and curtains. And just like your stovetop, don’t leave these heat sources unattended.


    If you have a fireplace, check the chimney and remove blockages. This is a great time to hire a pro to do a proper inspection and cleaning. Use a metal or glass grate to prevent sparks and embers from jumping. Lastly, only burn fuel intended for the fireplace. Painted or treated lumber, paper with colored print, particle board, plastics and fire accelerants like kerosene or grill starter fluid should never be burned indoors. The same goes for Christmas trees and other greenery. The resins in evergreen woods burn quickly and pop, increasing the risk of unwanted fire.

    Couple and cat sitting next to wood stove.

    5. Christmas trees

    An old, dried-out tree can catch fire from a hot bulb or spark, such as from a nearby candle or fireplace. Keep the tree’s water reservoir full to help keep it from drying out too quickly and becoming kindling. Use LED bulbs, which emit less heat than traditional incandescent lights. At the end of the season, dispose of it properly during your community’s tree pick-up day or at a recycling center.

    Real Christmas tree with lights at night.

    Now that you’re thinking about it, do you need to tweak your holiday décor to keep your home safe? Get some fresh ideas from Schlage on Pinterest or at our blog. Start with 8 easy steps to the perfect mantel, then brush up on how to keep pets safe this holiday season.


    7 (more) ways to secure your smart home for National Crime Prevention Month.

    October 25, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 25, 2021

    7 ways to secure your smart home for National Crime Prevention Month. | Schlage

    Here are a few ways to secure your home so you can protect your personal information and home even better.



    Once upon a time, we shared 10 tips for securing your smart home for Crime Prevention Month. We still stand by those suggestions, but here are a few more so you can protect your personal information and home even better.

    1. Manage your passwords

    Once you’ve set strong passwords, you might be tempted to write them down so you don’t forget. Don’t use a Post-It that anyone could find. Use an app or other secure cloud-based storage instead. If you do just make a note of it in your phone, at least password-protect your phone or use facial recognition.

    Getting rid of unnecessary passwords is often an overlooked but important part of security. For example, if you’ve created multiple access codes for your smart lock, do a regular inventory to see if they’re all still needed. That code you created for your friends when they visited six months ago? Delete it. The one your neighbor used to water your plants when you were on vacation? Delete that one, too. Just like you don’t want spare keys floating around, you don’t want unnecessary access codes out there, either.


    2. Beef up your work-from-home security

    Now that it’s more common to spend at least part of your working life in your home office, make sure you’re taking all the precautions to keep personal and professional information safe. Adopt antivirus software, use a secure VPN when sharing data and be careful what you screenshare during that next Zoom call. Learn more ways to improve your security when working remotely.

    3. Use all available features

    Many smart devices have security features built in. Maybe it’s a way to track and find your phone if it goes missing. Or it could be an alarm and push notifications on your smart lock. Take the time to explore the options on your device and activate those that will improve your overall home security.


    4. organize electronic clutter

    There’s something really satisfying about clearing out a closet, but organizing your digital footprint? That’s not usually our first thought come spring cleaning time. Remove unnecessary apps from your phone, unsubscribe from e-newsletters you never read and delete desktop folders that don’t actually help you stay organized. You’ll be able to find what you need more easily, plus have a better handle on where personal information is and how it’s being used. That’s a key factor in beating electronic clutter for security.

    5. Do a home inventory

    If your home is broken into and devices are stolen, a home inventory will help you to know exactly what’s missing. While this can expedite insurance claims in some cases, it will also make it easier for you to know what data might have been stolen along with a device. Of course, it’s not just technology that should go on your home audit. Credit cards, passports and other personal documents that can be used to steal your identity can also be included.


    6. talk to your kids about cybersecurity

    Anyone under the age of 30 has no memory of life before the internet. Their ease with technology can be an advantage, but it can also put them at risk if they get too comfortable. Teach your kids what information should and shouldn’t be shared online, encourage them to safely store their devices when they aren’t using them and make sure they know not to divulge other information such as smart lock access codes, even to best friends. And in case you missed it, check out the first part of our Crime Prevention Month series with tips for how kids can help protect your home security.

    7. refresh your online shopping strategy

    The holidays are right around the corner. When you go to snag all those cyber deals, use this guide to stay secure shopping online and prevent package theft. They’ll help protect the financial information you share with stores as well as your purchases when they reach your doorstep.

    Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has declared October as Crime Prevention Month. Since then, they’ve worked with a variety of organizations to improve personal safety and crime prevention in our neighborhoods. Get the answer to “How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?” and learn more about smart home tech at the Schlage blog.


    Inexpensive ways you can still trust to protect your home.

    October 13, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    Inexpensive ways you can still trust to protect your home | Schlage

    When you’re wondering how to protect your home for less, try some of these free and budget-friendly security hacks.


    It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind. The relief you feel knowing that your family and home are safe can’t be measured. While we never recommend cutting corners on your home security – spending a few extra dollars upfront can save you more money and stress down the road – you also don’t have to break the bank every time you make a few improvements. When you’re wondering how to protect your home for less, try some of these free and budget-friendly security hacks.

    Free home security ideas

    Lock the locks you got

    Whatever locks you have on your doors and windows, use them. The same goes for alarm systems. Turn them on if you expect them to protect you and your home.

    Keep your yard clean

    By not leaving out big-ticket items – grills, tools, bicycles – you’re removing the temptation for theft. Put things away in your garage or shed so people don’t just walk off with them. Unless you need extra organization or a padlock for your garden shed, this home security hack shouldn’t cost you a dime.



    Maintain your landscaping

    Overgrown bushes can be an intruder’s best friend in that they provide a cozy hiding spot. Simply trimming your bushes and trees to keep sightlines open is probably a free update. If you don’t have the tools you need, you can rent them inexpensively or maybe even borrow trimmers from a neighbor.



    Make friends

    Speaking of your neighbors, get to know them so that you can keep an eye on each other’s homes. If they know your family, they’ll be able to tell if the person hanging around your yard is your own teen or someone who doesn’t need to be there. Your neighbors can also be a great resource if you need someone to pick up your mail or check on pets while you’re on vacation. Plus, if you trust them, you can ask them to hang on to a spare key instead of hiding it under a fake rock. That rock isn’t fooling anyone, by the way.



    Do a home inventory

    This step doesn’t so much prevent crime as much as it makes it easier for you to recover after a home break-in. When you have an up-to-date home inventory, you are better able to tell what was stolen and process insurance claims quicker. Some of the most common ways to do a home inventory include making a video recording of your belongings as you walk from room to room – simply use your smart phone – or writing a list of valuables in a notebook. 


    Home security hacks under $50

    Install a new deadbolt

    Replacing a mechanical deadbolt with one that is high quality and made with premium materials is a good way to improve your front door’s security. Schlage locks are certified highest in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA – look for the AAA rating on the package to see for yourself. This means our deadbolts were built and tested to stand up to attacks like picking, prying and impact as well as the natural elements.

    Put the screws to intruders

    High-quality locks aren’t the only door hardware that can help secure your home. Your door hinges should be installed on your home’s interior to prevent tampering. Install longer screws to secure the hinges to the door frame more firmly.


    You can also use extra-long screws on your strikeplate. (Check out our guide to door hardware terms if you aren’t sure which is the strikeplate.) Screws that are 2-1/2” to 3-1/2” can secure the plate more firmly to the doorjamb. That, in turn, provides extra reinforcement for the bolt to hold if someone tries to kick or hammer at the door.

    A few special notes here, though. If you have a sidelight, you may not be able to install the longer screws without breaking the glass. Also, if your doorjamb is weak or damaged, extra reinforcement from your hardware and stronger locks can only do so much. Make sure the door itself and your frame are in good condition.

    Let Alexa be your guard

    Alexa Guard Plus is a service that uses a compatible Echo device (or a few of them placed throughout your home) to alert you to potential emergencies and make it easier for you to contact an Emergency Helpline. While you’re away from home, Alexa can listen for sounds like footsteps, breaking glass or a closing door, then send you an alert and sound a siren through your Echo. You can also use it to say, “Alexa, call for help” to contact the police, fire department or an ambulance. Try it out for free for one month, after which it’s $4.99 per month or $49 for the whole year on their annual plan.

    Protect your windows

    Windows and glass doors are often some of the weakest points of your home security. To deter intruders from breaking the glass to get in, install devices like this four-pack of GE Personal Security Window Alarms for about $20. How window alarms work depends on the exact device you choose. Some work via motion sensors while others can detect impact and sound to alert you to broken glass.

    Slide into home safely

    Of all the doors in your house, a sliding patio door is often the most susceptible to break-ins. This is partly because they tend to be glass, but also because they don’t use traditional deadbolts like other exterior doors. To address the locking concern, install a security bar in the track. Most on Amazon cost around $25. A piece of PVC pipe can also do the trick and is even more inexpensive at only a few dollars per foot.


    Replace your lightbulbs

    Even fancy long-lasting bulbs are relatively inexpensive. When lightbulbs on your front porch, walkway or over your garage burn out, replace them sooner rather than later. Like maintaining your landscaping, a dark and shadowy entryway can give intruders a place to lurk out of sight. 


    While you’re replacing the bulbs, take a minute to clean the fixtures. Outdoor lighting accumulates all kinds of dirt and bugs that can make the light seem dull.

    Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has declared October as Crime Prevention Month. Since then, they’ve worked with a variety of organizations to improve personal safety and crime prevention in our neighborhoods. You can do the same for your own home. Learn what really makes a lock secure and more at the Schlage blog.

    10 home security lessons to teach your kids now.

    October 05, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    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.


    Crime prevention and keeping your home safe is everyone’s responsibility, from the tiniest tot to the most veteran members for your family. 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.

    1. Always lock the doors and use alarm systems

    Try to get them 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 protect them from possible intruders. The same goes for alarm or security systems. Make sure they know how to activate it, can remember the codes and impress upon them the need to use it, just like the lock, when they’re home.

    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 that they’ll remember – maybe it’s 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.


    3. Don't answer the door when home alone

    If your kids are old enough to stay home alone, even if it’s 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. They shouldn’t let anyone in, even if they claim to be a repair person, someone asking to use the bathroom or needing help to find a dog.

    That being said, you may want them to be able to check who’s at the door before they can make that decision. If Uncle Ed is coming over to hang out with them for a bit until you get home, they need to know if it’s him or a stranger. A video doorbell paired with a device such as a smart phone or monitor can help. Some of those kiddos just might be too short to see through the peephole.

    4. Keep personal information personal

    You want your kids to be friendly and trusting … to a certain extent. 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. Saying whether you have an alarm system and how long you’ll be on vacation could be valuable information to someone planning a break-in.

    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, tell them keep moving. Go to a trusted neighbor’s or a friend’s house instead of entering an empty home alone. 

    7. Use a family command center

    Usually when we talk about family command centers, it’s with the goal of getting more organized. You can use this one-stop shop to improve your family’s security, too. 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 repairman, 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, including your cell phone, desk phone at the office and your company’s receptionist.

    Family command center 

    8. Make age appropriate accommodations

    Granting older kids more independence is part of helping them grow up to be responsible young adults. Teen safety could mean teaching them about dating violence. How can they protect themselves when a crush or significant other comes over to the house? Set clear rules about whether this even allowed if you’re not home. Make sure they aren’t sharing their smart lock codes with their visitors.

    If you have concerns about when the codes are being used – did your teen make curfew, was the code entered when they should have been in school – track it with the app’s history log. The Schlage® Home app when paired with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt, for example, will provide the last 100 entries and can even 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 in 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 can be helpful to practice these scenarios so they’re more comfortable with the steps, 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, enough gold star stickers 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. Making curfew could earn them a bonus on their allowance.

    Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has declared October as Crime Prevention Month. Since then, they’ve worked with a variety of organizations to improve personal safety and crime prevention in our neighborhoods. Schlage is proud to do its part in giving you greater peace of mind and the know-how to protect what matters most. Find more home security tips at our blog.

    6 ways to keep your smart lock working its best.

    September 07, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    6 ways to keep your smart lock working its best | Schlage

    Here are six ways to keep your smart lock working at peak performance so you can continue protecting what matters most.



    You can have the best of intentions when it comes to your security – an alarm system, a seat belt, the security PIN on your phone – but if you don’t use them or they aren’t functioning properly, they won’t do much good. The same goes for smart locks. If you want it to help protect your home, you need your smart lock in tip-top shape. Here are six ways to keep your smart lock working at peak performance so you can continue protecting what matters most.

    1. Update your firmware

    In most cases, Schlage smart locks will automatically receive firmware updates as long as they are connected to your WiFi or smart home hub. There may be some instances, however, where you would want to manually push a firmware update to your smart lock. For smart locks, as with all technology, updating firmware improves the functionality of the device, often fixing bugs and enhancing security features.

    2. Check the batteries

    Schlage smart locks are battery-operated, which is actually a great thing for your home’s security. Your lock will continue to work, even if you lose power. You can lock and unlock the door at the touchscreen, so there’s no worrying about getting locked out or leaving your house open to strangers during a power outage.



    To keep your smart lock working properly, make sure to check and replace the batteries regularly. How often you need to do this depends on the lock and how much you use it, and your network. If you use the Schlage® Home app to manage your Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt, the app will show a notification when the lock’s power is running low. Regardless of which lock you have, you’ll also see an indication on the touchscreen, either in the form of a blinking red X or a low battery icon.


    If you find your batteries are dying quicker than you’d expect, your lock might be too far from your WiFi router. That brings us to #3.

    3. maintain a strong connection

    You’ll find that you get the best experience with your smart lock when it can easily connect to your WiFi or mesh network. When possible, place your WiFi router or smart home hub close to your lock – about 40 feet assuming there are no metal walls or other obstructions to block the signal. If you can’t move the router or hub, consider a signal extender to improve the connection.


    When your lock has a stronger connection to your network, you’ll likely find that your batteries last longer and you can remotely access your lock more quickly. Both of these are important to improving the security of your home with smart locks.


    4. use the technology as it's intended

    Schlage offers smart locks that work with a variety of technologies. The Schlage Encode and Schlage Encode Plus deadbolts connect to your network over WiFi, the Schlage Sense lock uses Bluetooth technology and the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt comes in models that work with either Z-Wave or Zigbee technology. That means if you want remote access for your smart lock, you need a compatible phone or tablet to control them.


    If you’re using a Bluetooth smart lock, the Bluetooth on your phone needs to be turned on, and you need to be within approximately 30 feet of the lock. Z-Wave and Zigbee smart locks require a hub for smart phone integration. There are plenty of options here, so visit our Works With page for an up-to-date list and information. And if you choose a WiFi lock, your wireless internet needs to remain on to take advantage of all the remote capabilities available.

    5. clean your lock gently

    Keeping high-touch surfaces clean has become an increasing concern in recent times. Clean your door hardware and smart locks on a regular basis to help prevent the spread of germs, but do so gently to avoid damaging the electronics or finish. Gently wipe the surface of your door hardware with a mixture of mild liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Then, using water only, wipe the surfaces again to remove any detergent left behind. Immediately dry all surfaces with a clean towel. Do not spray or immerse the hardware in liquid at any time.


    Learn how to clean and disinfect all your door hardware with this guide.



    6. inspect your door seasonally

    Sometimes keeping your lock working properly has more to do with the door than the deadbolt. As the weather changes – temperatures fluctuate, humidity increases – you might find that your door starts to stick or that you have to tug the door closed while you lock it. Check your door periodically. Repair any cracks or warped surfaces, and make the necessary adjustments if the deadbolt is rubbing.


    Maintaining a strong door is just one way to help keep your smart lock safe and secure. You can find more best practices at the Schlage blog or visit our Security Center for even more ways to protect your home.


    Improve your security for working remotely from home.

    August 23, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 23, 2021

    Improve your security for working remotely from home.

    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.

    Cybersecurity strategies 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 – 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.

    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, invest in a sliding webcam cover. 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 an electronic lock like the Schlage Touch® Keyless Touchscreen Lever or Schlage keypad lever is ideal for a home office that requires an extra level of security.


    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.



    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.


    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.