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Tips for Home Safety

Oct 8
Category | Helpful Tips

Tips for Home Safety

The comfort of your home brings a sense of security, a feeling of safety and warmth. No one wants to think about or believe anything bad will happen there. The truth is most of the accidents that do occur are preventable with a few necessary precautions. 

As with many things, home safety begins with awareness. These tips will help you assess the opportunities to correct possible dangerous situations.  

Air Quality Monitors 

Two of the top things you should have, and keep monitoring, are your air quality alarms. Also, know how to get out of the home quickly and efficiently if these alarms go off. 

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector – carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly in large amounts. The CO detector will measure the amount of CO in the air. Contrary to the belief that only homes with fuel-burning appliances need this detector, CO can be present in various situations. 

  • Fire Alarm/Smoke Detector – fire and smoke detectors can range from the simple, battery-operated units fixed to the wall to high-tech installs with an intercom system to wake up the heavy sleepers. For more information on fire safety, precautions you can take, and how to make a good escape plan, read more about fire preparedness in your home

  • The NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code has required as a minimum that smoke alarms be “installed inside every sleep room in addition to requiring them outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. (Additional smoke alarms are required for larger homes.)” For best protection, the basement and garage are great additions. Avoid humid rooms like the bathroom, direct sunlight and keep 10 feet away from your cooking appliances. 

Home Security 

Home security alarms alert homeowners to potential intruders, burglars and other emergencies. They vary from DIY systems to professional monitoring. These days one of the easiest solutions is to install a door alarm that rings to your phone and has a video for you to see. For additional, affordable security, consider adding motion detector lights and cameras. 

Regardless if you decide to go low tech or high tech, you should always follow these general safety tips: 

  • Have an emergency action plan, such as having an escape route, exit plan and emergency meeting place. Be sure to go over the plan with everyone in the home and practice so the kids feel comfortable on where to go and what to do. 

  • Only share home codes and keys with those who you really trust.  

  • When going away for vacation or long periods of time, don’t share on social media and consider setting a light timer that mimics your normal activity. 

Emergency Supply Kit 

Be prepared for the unexpected and have necessary supplies unique for your home stored in a central, easy to access location. An emergency kit can range from simple first aid items to inhalers or particular medicine for certain family members. You might want to include an emergency contact list, extra clothes, water, etc. If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, your kit might be more extensive, so take inventory of what is especially important for your specific needs.  

Safe Habits 

Maintaining essential safety habits can go a long way. Teaching your children and everyone in the house some of these precautions will potentially decrease any accidents that may occur. Some of these include: 

  • Emergency numbers by the telephone or programmed into cell phones, for contacts, doctors, hospitals and more. 

  • Location/address of hospitals, doctors, neighbors and trusted family members in a convenient place. 

  • Emergency plan in place and practiced by everyone in the family. 

  • Hide spare keys in clever and secure places. 

  • Keep the garage door closed when not in use. 

  • Let your children know that a window, peephole, or doorbell camera are safe ways to see who's there before opening the front door.

  • Secure the sliding door with wooden or metal poles. 

  • House plants are a natural way to filter the air in your home and are aesthetically pleasing. Be sure to check to see what ones are safe to have around kids and pets. Some can be poisonous, so eliminate them or keep them far out of reach from wandering hands and paws.

  • Young children, babies, and pets have their own set of tips, including, but not limited to: locking medicine cabinets, keeping cleaning agents and chemicals out of reach, installing gates for staircases and door handle covers, tying up blind cords and anchoring heavy furniture. 

  • Have a monthly/seasonal/yearly plan to check batteries, locks, windows, emergency kit, emergency plans, etc.  

Identifying and preventing dangerous situations is an excellent start to keeping you, your family and your home safe. Keeping these tips and suggestions in mind will help you avoid common household dangers. You have worked hard to have a home you are proud of; stay alert, predict what you can and be prepared for the rest.