Best Home Safety Tips

Don’t neglect safety housekeeping!!

The following are good safety housekeeping measures. First things first, don’t keep clutter in front of doors, stairways or steps and make sure all cords are out of areas of travel to avoid trips. Keep things where they can be comfortably reached, or use a ladder or step stool, and keep drawers, cabinets and cupboards closed when not in use. You may have some potentially dangerous chemicals, so make sure chemicals or other hazardous materials are safely and properly stored. In the kitchen, keep appliances off or unplugged when not in use.

Maintain home security.

These threats can be fires, floods, loss of power, invasion or worse. In order to avoid a potentially tragic occurrence, you should be sure to maintain adequate home security by having a security alarm and door locking system employed at your home. To maintain fire safety, always have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and make sure to check the batteries and test them frequently.

It’s always beneficial to have an emergency action plan for your home with your family, such as having an escape route, exit plan and emergency meeting place. Only share house codes or house keys with those who you really trust. When going away from your home for long periods of time, don’t share on social media when you’ll be away. For additional safety, consider adding porch cameras, motion detector lights and cameras or video door locks.

Home fire safety

While it’s difficult to live comfortably and conveniently while having eliminated all fire threats, there are steps you can take to ensure that high-risk home items are eliminated of potential risk. Never leave cooking unattended and keep stoves and counter surfaces free of clutter, grease and especially flammable objects and chemicals. Be sure to set a timer that will alert you when your cooking is complete since it is easy to forget. Additionally, wear tight clothes while cooking to ensure that nothing gets lit on fire. If you have a fireplace, candles or other sources of open flame, never leave it unattended, and place it on a non-flammable surface clear from any potentially flammable items.

Have the necessities

Your home should have all the typical emergency response items in an easy-to-access location. These items include:

  • A first aid kit complete with band-aids, gauze, anti-bacterial wipes, eye patches, pain-reliever, etc.
  • Medicines for common ailments such as upset stomach or colds
  • Inhalers, if necessary
  • Emergency numbers for contacts, doctors, hospitals or poison control centers
  • Fire extinguisher or fire blankets

Anything else that may be necessary for the unique needs in your home