Dangerous Mistakes to Avoid When Living Alone

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Taking Extended Hot Showers or Baths

Prolonged exposure to hot water can cause your blood vessels to widen, which in turn increases the risk of fainting.

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Displaying Valuables for All to See

Leaving valuables like cash, jewelry, or high-tech gadgets in plain view through your windows is practically a showcase invitation for thieves.

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Keeping the House in Darkness

A dark home might save on your electric bill, but it also signals to intruders that no one is home—or worse, that it’s an easy target.

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Sleeping Next to a Charging Phone

It might be convenient to have your phone within arm's reach at night (especially if it's charging), but his habit can be riskier than you might think.

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Leaving the Door Open to Strangers

Engaging with strangers at your doorstep can be risky when living alone.

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Stashing Spare Keys Outside

Gone are the days when hiding a key under the mat was considered safe—times have changed, and this practice now invites more risk than convenience.

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Ignoring Unusual Neighborhood Activity

Sometimes, the signs of potential danger come from the familiar—like unusual behavior from neighbors or strangers near your home.

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Walking at Home Alone at Night

Walking home alone (especially through poorly lit or unfamiliar areas) can make you an easy target for threats.

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Announcing Your Solo Status Online

Letting the world know you're by yourself at home through social media might seem like a casual update, yet it could unintentionally make you a target.

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Neglecting to Secure the Garage Door

The garage serves as a secondary entrance to your home and should be treated with the exact same security precautions as your front door.

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Broadcasting Your Location Online

While garnering likes for your home photos, you could inadvertently make yourself an appealing target.

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