As a homeowner and a parent, your thoughts are always on ways to keep your property, your house, and your family as safe as possible. A home should be a safe space for everyone living there, both physically and emotionally. As a homeowner, you can follow some basic home safety tips to ensure your home and the people you love are safe from harm.
Whether it’s during home renovations, having the kitchen appliances replaced, or protecting your home from intruders and carbon monoxide, here are a few tips for keeping your home safe as a homeowner and parent.
Ensure your alarm systems are working.
Whether it’s your alarm system or your indoor and outdoor cameras, you always want to be assured that they are up and running properly. When you’re looking into the latest home design trends, you’re apt to have contractors, remodelers, and repairmen running in and out of your home all day long.
With so many people running in and out, it’ll be hard for you to keep an eye on them. Instead, make sure that your security system and your cameras are up-to-date and working the way they should before any kitchen work is done or wallpaper is hung on your walls.
Keep your furnace/fireplace in good working order.
There’s nothing like flipping the switch on your gas fireplace and settling in for a long night of reading or playing games with the family when it’s snowing and frigid outside. Not only is it important to keep your furnace and fireplace in good working order, but you also need to be careful about gas ovens and water heaters in your home as well. These items can cause a fire if not properly maintained, but they can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning. This dangerous gas is both odorless and tasteless, and the poison will give you headaches, cause dizziness, and death if you don’t get out of the home and go to the emergency room to be treated right away.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly poison and a silent killer, so you must keep your gas furnace, fireplace, and any gas appliances you have in your kitchen or bathroom in good working repair. Having them inspected regularly and constantly being aware.
Keep on top of your pest control.
Another important safety tip that could impact your family’s health is neglecting pest control in your home. It may be tempting to call in a pest control company if you see signs of a pest infestation, but by then, they could be nesting in your walls or eating away at the foundation of your home. Some pests bite, sting, and carry diseases.
These pests love to hide in your home and can make your family sick. It’s best to hire a reputable pest control company to come out to your home monthly to treat any areas that could have an infestation. After all, the best way to keep pests away from your home and family is by preventing them from invading the property from beginning with.
Encourage safe habits.
While you can do all of the above to keep your home and family safe, you also need to talk openly and honestly with your family members about safety in the home. Teaching your children fire safety, keeping the doors locked at all times, and reporting to you if they see any pests in your home is a line of defense that every family needs.
These are just a few of the ways that you can protect your family and property. These safety tips are perfect for every family if you enforce them and teach awareness simultaneously.