Whether you have lived in your home for decades or are still unpacking boxes, maintaining a safe household is very important. Every year we hear stories of people injuring themselves in their own homes and, in most cases, these accidents are preventable. So, while the cold weather is here and you find yourself spending more time indoors, why not take some time to make your home safer for your entire family?
In the kitchen:
- If you have children, make sure knives, sharp tools and cleaning supplies are kept in a latched cupboard or drawer.
- Keep a fire extinguisher easily accessible (and make sure you know how to use it!)
- Reduce the spread of harmful germs by replacing your kitchen cloths and sponges regularly
- Prevent falls by ensuring that mats have non-slip backing and spills are cleaned up immediately
- Install proper lighting so you can see what you’re doing
In the bathroom:
- If there are young children or aging relatives in the home, keep a thermometer close by to test bath water
- Make sure outlets near the tub or sink have fault circuit interrupters
- Unplug curlers, flat irons and electric razors when not in use
- Place a non-skid mat in the tub
- Keep prescription medications locked up and out of reach
- Install grab bars for elderly residents
- Ensure that pictures and wall hangings are securely anchored
- Install child-proof locks on sliding doors (especially if you have a pool)
- Keep clutter off staircases and make sure they are well-lit to prevent falls
- Install a smoke detector on every floor of the home and check batteries regularly. Every home also needs at least one carbon monoxide detector
- Prevent break-ins by adding some motion-activated lighting around the home and always keep doors locked, even during the day
- Use protective screens on fireplaces
- Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects and never leave on unattended
- Always keep gasoline and other flammable liquids outdoors.
Jennifer Birch – Realtor