Our homes are our personal sanctuary. This is where we spend our free time, relaxing and having a quality time with our family. Coming home to a comfortable, safe abode is indeed a welcome for homeowners. That’s why National Safety Month presents a great opportunity to ensure that our home remains safe. Here are some tips to consider in keeping your home safe.
- Check for loose or frayed wires on your home’s electrical devices. To minimize creating fraying, make sure that no cord runs under rugs or doorways. Also, don’t overload any outlet in your home.
- For your home heating system, examine outside vents first. Make sure they are properly vented to minimize any backflow of toxic exhausting.
- Water heaters should also be inspected at least once a year.
- Fire extinguishers should be inspected or replaced on a regular basis. Keep at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of your home and learn how to use them properly.
- A home’s emergency escape plan is very important. Make sure you have two exit routes in case of fire. If you have a multi-story home, keep a window ladder handy.
- For those with babies and toddlers, lock cabinets, and install safety latches. Take extra precautions for hazardous materials and keep them locked away in out-of-reach locations.
- Minimize the likelihood of a burglary. Install a trusty deadbolt lock on every door in your house. You can also invest in motion-sensing floodlights in your backyard.
- Going out of town? Keep thieves from thinking your home is deserted and vulnerable. Keep your home looking like there are still people in it. You can leave the car in the driveway or install timers for lights that are visible from the outside. Also, ask a neighbor to take the trash in and out or to pick up newspapers in the driveway, again, to minimize the look of your home being vacant.
You worked hard to get your dream home. Protect it with basic tips this National Safety Month.