Our blog posts often discuss ways to make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, cost effective, and beautiful. However, safety is also a huge component when it comes to planning for a new home, remodeling, or even just making simple updates around the house. Here are a few simple ways to make your home safer for you and your loved ones.
1. Make sure you have high quality locks.
If you don’t have deadbolt locks on your doors, you may want to consider getting them. Their advantage is that most are designed so your keys can’t be copied. If you install a lock with a bar – the longer the bar on the deadbolt, the safer your home will be.
2. Have working fire extinguishers available.
Fire extinguishers are often overlooked and not seen as a priority. However, fire extinguishers are important because they can help contain a fire before it spreads. We recommend placing them in places that are easy to see and reach. Of course, if there is a fire that spread quickly and has lots of smoke, immediately call 911.
3. Check your carbon monoxide detectors.
Carbon monoxide is dangerous due to its lack of color and smell. Without a carbon monoxide detector, there isn’t a way to detect leaks. And if you have one, make sure it’s working.
4. Protect yourself from lead.
It’s important to check that your home wasn’t built using lead paint. If it was constructed before 1978, you may be at risk for lead contamination. Be sure to read the federal guidelines and see one of our past blog posts.
5. Identify areas where people may be likely to slip or fall.
The Home Safety Council identifies slips and falls as one of the most likely safety concerns in your home. Look at loose items like rugs, areas with poor lighting, and areas that are prone to clutter and come up with a plan about how to remedy them.
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