Homeowner safety tips

Our homes are our safe havens from the outside world. To keep our homes feeling safe and secure, there are a number of things that homeowners can do. The following home safety tips can help every homeowner become a home safety expert!

In the kitchen

  • Purchase a fire extinguisher. Two out of five home fires are caused by cooking appliances; purchase a fire extinguisher and keep it in an easy-to-access location.
  • Regularly test smoke detectors. Every home should have a smoke detector on every floor of the house, outside sleeping areas, and near fuel-burning appliances. Check the batteries in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every six months and replace as needed.

In the bathroom

  • Locate the main shut-off valve. In many homes, the main shut-off valve for water is under a sink in the kitchen or bathroom. Knowing how to turn off the water is important in the event any plumbing repairs need to be made – or a massive leak occurs.
  • Buy a first aid kit. A basic first aid kit should include bandages, gauze, medical tape, and antiseptic ointments to quickly patch up minor bumps, scrapes, scratches, and burns.

In living spaces

  • Create an escape plan. Whether you live alone, with a large family, or something in between, every home needs to have an escape plan. Just like did in school, practice what your family will do in the event of a fire, earthquake, flood, or other severe weather event.
  • Hire a chimney sweep. No matter the kind of fireplace you have, regular chimney sweepings inspections can help reduce the risk of chimney fire.

Outside

  • Change the locks. When you first purchase a home, immediately change all locks, door codes, and replace garage door openers; this prevents anyone who knew the previous owners from having access to your home.
  • Research alarm systems. While older alarm systems were required to be hard-wired into your home, there are many new, easy-to-install smart alarm systems and products on the market today. Everything from keyless locks, lights that can be turned on and off remotely, or garage door openers you can control from your home make it easier to keep your home safe.
  • Post about your trip after it happens. It can be tempting to post photos of a vacation while you’re still away; however, this broadcasts to the world that you’re away from home. Instead, wait until you’re safely back home to show off how much fun you had on vacation.

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