HOME SAFETY GUIDE (LIFE SAVING TIPS)
Home Safety Guide
Your family’s safety is a priority, so it’s essential to be sure that ever room is equipped to keep them out of harms way. Let’s take a tour of each room of your home and review some life-saving tips to avoid any unnecessary trips to the emergency room – or other dangerous situations.
Keep the handles of hot pots and pans pushed away from the edge of the counter.
Put harmful cleaning products tucked into a safe place and away from the reach of your children and pets.
Make sure electrical appliances are kept away from wet counters and the sink.
Put sharp objects, like knives and peelers, in a drawer. Never leave them unattended on the counter.
Place flashlight, phone, and a weapon near your bed in the event of a weather emergency or and intruder
Pull flammable objects away from heaters to avoid a fire.
Install smoke detectors in your home so you’ll be woken up by an alert in the case of a fire.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby to clear a room of any flames if a fire starts
Practice an emergency routine with your family and designate escape exits.
Use non-slip floor mats and shower strips to prevent falls and injuries to your family and visitors.
Stash away hair dryers and other electronics and wipe up any excess water before using them.
Test the locks on your doors and make sure they are working properly.
Consider a home security system to warn you when a window or door is opened or broken into.
Adopt a watch dog that will alert you of a stranger.
Keep your valuable out of sight and close your blinds when you leave home and during the evening.
Check your windows or peephole when the doorbell rings.
Home Safety Guide infographic courtesy of Faulkner Nissan.
More Home Safety Tips
It’s important to us all that our home be considered safe. Accidents happen all the time within the home, though. Listed below are several tips to follow to ensure safety in each room in your home:
In the Kitchen
- Keep flammable objects away from the stove. Do not let oven mitts, paper towels, etc. come into contact with the hot pots and pans or the burners.
- Use cleaning products with caution. Ensure that you do not put the cleaning products within reach of your children. Keep them out of reach so they cannot accidentallypoison themselves.
- Never leave sharp objects and tools unattended in a place where little hands can reach them.
- Ensure that all electrical cords are kept away from water and flammable objects like curtains and hand towels. The cords could overheat and catch fire.
- Ensure that your appliances are getting the proper ventilation. You can do this by keeping them away from other objects and regularly vacuuming out the back of your appliances.
In the Bedroom
- Never smoke in your bedroom, or anywhere in your home. Flammable objects could catch fire from your cigarette and destroy your home and belongings.
- Purchase a mattress that is flame resistant. If a fire breaks out in your bedroom, then you want to be protected and allow yourself the time you need to figure out your escape route and get out of your home.
- You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. To ensure your safety in case someone were to come into your home, keep a phone and light by your bed.
In the Bathroom
- Just like in the kitchen, ensure that all cords are kept away from water. Water and electricity does not mix and can cause an electrical fire.v
- Use non-slip floor mats. The shower floor can be slippery when wet. By using a non-slip floor mat you are protecting yourself from slip and fall accidents.
- Like in the kitchen, keep cleaning supplies locked up and out of reach of small children to prevent accidental poisoning.
In Your Yard
- To ensure the safety of your pets and kids, surround your yard with a fence.
- If you have a pool, make sure that it’s covered and fenced in. This will protect your kids from any risk of falling in and drowning. Having an alarm on the fence or the door leading out to your pool will alert you of any possible security breaches by your children so you know where they are and can prevent accidents.
In Your Garage
- Keep any harmful substances you store in the garage out of the reach of your children and pets.
- Keep the space clean and organized. Ensure that there aren’t sharp objects that are out in the open and in easy reach of your children and pets.
Your home is a place to live and relax in, so you should feel safe there at all times. To ensure that you achieve the highest degree of safety within your home, follow these steps and do what you think is right for your home. All homes and families are different, so there will be different ways of keeping each other safe. There are companies that you can hire to come in and evaluate your home to make sure you don’t have any holes in your safety armor.
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Home Safety Guide (Life Saving Tips) - The Bottom Line
We hope this article on Home Safety Guide (Life Saving Tips) has been informative. Now that you have reviewed the home safety guide, take a walk through your home to ensure that you’re following these basic guidelines. That way, you’ll feel prepared if a crisis arises.