Your life happens in your home. It is where you go to when you want to get away from the world for a little while. It is the place you invite friends for celebrations, the place you bring your new baby when you leave the hospital. You sleep there, keep all of your things there—especially your important things like old family photos, and health and financial records. Naturally, you want to protect your home to keep it safe for you and your family, to keep it intact and functional for years to come. There are a lot of dangers that can threaten your home. Fortunately, there are things you can do to increase home safety. Here is a home safety checklist to help you get started.
- Have an ample amount of fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Change batteries in detectors every year, and the actual detectors every 10 years.
- Have fire extinguishers in strategic locations, like in the kitchen.
- Watch out for frayed wires.
- Chimneys and furnaces should be cleaned and inspected every year.
- Unplug small appliances such as hair dryers and electric razors when they are not in use.
Prevent Accidental Falls
- Make sure rugs lie flat and have anti-skid material underneath.
- Use extension cords sparingly. Keep them out of the flow of foot traffic and put them away when finished using them.
- Have a bathmat or decals in your bathtub to prevent slipping.
- Check the floor for worn or broken places.
- Paint your bottom basement stair so that in less than perfect light you don’t mistake it for the floor.
- Keep exterior stairs and walkways clear and lit, especially in winter weather.
Protect Your Home from Damage
- When anything is broken or not working properly, fix it immediately. This prevents a leaky faucet or a faulty electrical switch from becoming a much bigger problem.
- Install motion sensor cameras and lights, and advertise your home security system. This will lessen the likelihood of someone breaking into your home.
- Proper ventilation in the bathroom prevents the build-up of moisture and prevent mold growth.
- Trim large trees near your home or cut them down, especially if the area where you live is subject to severe storms. Your home safety can be seriously compromised if a large limb or a tree falls through your roof.
You may not be able to protect your family and home from every danger out there, but this home safety check list will give you a head start.