The home is a safe haven for you and your family. You spend so much time in a home. You cook there. You relax there. You sleep a third of your life there. You socialize there. With so much time spent in your home, it needs to be a place of comfort. But more importantly, a home should make a person feel safe and secure. It should be a place where you can put your guard down and feel reassured that you are safe. For this reason, it is essential for homeowners to give great importance to the stability of the home, physically and otherwise. In recognition of June being National Safety Month, here are some basic yet highly useful tips on how to make your home safe for you and your family.
Keep sharp and dangerous things in the kitchen away from the reach of children. It is true that when cooking meals in the kitchen, everything has to be within easy and convenient reach. But when your cooking task is completed, sharp utensils should be put away, especially with kids in the home. Young children are naturally curious about anything and everything. And when they see something sharp and shiny, watch out.
Lock up medicines and chemicals. For the same reason as putting away sharp utensils, ensure that your prescription medications or household cleaners and chemicals are locked up or put away out of reach of children.
Protecting your home isn’t only and inside thing. You have to ensure that you protect yourself and your family from the outside, too.
Update all the locks of your doors. The doors and windows should always be kept secured whether there is someone at home or not. Social deviants can strike at any time of the day and preventing them from entering the home with quality and sturdy locks is key to accomplishing this. Over a period of time, doors, and even window locks become weak and can break or be less efficient. Make sure that all of these are in good working condition.
Light it up. Ensure that you have adequate lighting throughout the outside perimeter of your home. This serves two purposes; first, you will deter unwanted visitors and criminals during dark hours. Second, by lighting up your pathways you’ll be guaranteeing yourself a safer walk and minimize chances of trips and falls.
In recognition of National Safety Month, take the time to identify which aspects of the home need to be addressed and dealt with in order to keep it secure and safe for you and your family.