Make sure you are taking these important safety precautions for the home!
You baby-proofed when your kids were toddlers. Today, you teach your kids about kitchen safety, and you test your smoke alarm every week. Family safety is important to you. Unfortunately, you’re probably missing some essential components of home safety, such as fire escape plans and lightning protection.
Don’t forget about the following five important home safety precautions.
5 Important Safety Precautions for the Home
Create a Fire Escape Plan
If a fire broke out in your home, would your family know where to go for the safest escape? Many homes have fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed, yet these homes lack a fire escape plan.
The American Red Cross recommends planning two escape routes from every room of your home and making sure family members memorize them. Set up meeting places outside where your family can reconvene after a disaster. The Red Cross also recommends conducting practice fire drills twice a year.
Lock Your Windows Before Vacation
When you leave for vacation, do you lock the doors on your way out of the house? While locking doors might come as second nature to you, do you remember to lock all your windows before you leave?
People often forget to lock windows before they travel, a misstep which leaves easy access into the home for burglars and thieves. Why take the chance? You might assume that a home security system or a low neighborhood crime rate will protect your belongings, but home theft is something homeowners may not think will happen to them until it does.
Rid Your Home of Hazardous Chemicals
Sometimes even “green” products contain hazardous chemicals, courtesy of greenwashing advertising practices.
Instead of shopping for eco-friendly cleaning products by the label, make a list of the chemicals you want to avoid and check the ingredients before you buy. Some of the worst chemical offenders are phthalates, BPA, parabens, and formaldehyde. You can reduce noxious chemical presences in your home by switching to glass food storage containers, avoiding products with Teflon coating, and limiting PVC products in your home.
Protect Your Home From Lightning
Certain parts of the country, including central Florida, attract lightning. A lightning strike damages your electrical systems, and you may not find out about the damage until something short circuits, putting you and your family in danger. Call a qualified electrician and ask about a lightning protection system. Remember to unplug your electronics during storms instead of relying on surge protection from outlets or power strips.
Don’t Advertise Your Vacation on Social Media
As tempting as you might find it to brag on social media about where you’re heading to for your exotic vacation, resist the temptation. Posting flight details, photos from overseas, or check-ins at out-of-town restaurants is essentially an advertisement that your home is empty and unprotected. If you want to let friends and family know what you’re up to, then email them privately. Save the vacation news for when you come home.
When you’re inside your home and when you’re away on vacation, you want your belongings and your family to be protected.
Create a home safety precaution checklist to remind you of the above five essential steps to maintain your family’s safety.