Top Five Home Safety Checks
If you are like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your home. Your home is your safe place and keeping it that way is of utmost importance. Just by taking some extra steps you can ensure that your home is safe every day. Don’t risk placing yourself or your loved ones in an unsafe situation.
Here we provide five top home safety checks that need to be done regularly…
1. Electrical Safety Check
Be extra safe with your electrical cords and outlets. First, go around your house and place plastic covers on any outlets if you have small children. Next be sure that all your electric cords safe. Replace any wires that are frayed or damaged. Do not cover your electric cords and never place electric cords near water. Be sure that you do not overload any of your outlets so that you don’t experience a blown circuit.
2. Child Safety Check
If you have children in your home, there are certain safety precautions that must be done. Depending on the age of your children you will need to do more childproofing in your home. For all ages, be sure that all poisonous chemicals are locked in an area where your children cannot get to them. Every day over 300 children are treated because of being poisoned. Don’t become a statistic! Secondly, make sure all medications are kept in an area away from your kids and have childproof caps on them.
Keep all sharp knives or kitchen tools out of the reach of kids. If you own any fire arms than it is your responsibility to keep them unloaded always and locked up. Most of all, teach your kids how to get help in the case of an emergency. Show them how to dial 911 as soon as feel you can.
3. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Safety Check
Your home should have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor, especially in bedrooms. Test your alarms every month to make sure that they are working and replace batteries every month or when needed. See how the detectors sound so you can know which one is carbon monoxide and which is smoke. Smoke detectors that work are proven to reduce the chance of dying in a fire by half.
4. Theft Safety Check
This is a very important home safety precaution. There are ways you can help to prevent burglary. When you go away from your home keep it looking as if you were there. Install timers on your lights, stop your mail and leave some of your curtains open. Consider installing a security system or security cameras. Post security signs in front of your home, even if you do not have a system.
Make sure your doors and windows are locked and secure always. It is best to have deadbolts on all doors. Place motion detected lights outside your home and never advertise on social media when you are going out of town.
5. Fire Safety Check
According to the National Safety Council a home fire is called in every 86 seconds. Do everything you can to prevent a house fire. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home in case of an emergency and learn how to use it. Make a fire escape plan and share it with your family. Practice your escape route so that everyone knows what to do. In the event of a fire, get out of your home immediately. Do not ever go back in your home to get any items. Keep any lighters or matches secured in an area of your home away from children and never leave candles burning unattended or overnight.
These safety tips for your home will help to keep you and your family safe. By following them, you can help prevent serious disasters and danger. ServiceMaster Restoration works hard to provide you with the tools and tips to ensure your safety. We are committed to bringing you only the best. Our company can handle any needs you have regarding Fire and Smoke Damage, Water Damage Removal, Mold Remediation or Trauma Damage.
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