7 tips to make your home a safe haven
Want to make your home feel like a safe heaven? These seven tips will help you make your home a safe environment for you and your family.
You know what they say, “There’s no place like home.” And, this couldn’t be any truer because our homes are the environment where we feel comfortable and protected. Or, at least that’s how your home should feel, too.
Your home is the place where you spend most of your time. It’s the place where you eat, sleep, spend time with your family, and relax. Such a place must be your safe haven and a refuge for well-being – the place where you feel comfortable and protected from all hazards.
1. Install fire and carbon monoxide alarm
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five deaths caused by home fires happen in homes that aren’t equipped with a smoke alarm or have a non-functional smoke alarm. In fact, people without smoke alarms are more than twice as likely to die as those in homes with functioning smoke alarms. So, installing a fire alarm in your home can literally save your life in case of a fire.
There are various causes of home fires that lead to deaths, including electrical fire or unattended cooking.
As for carbon monoxide, it can leak and become a threat that you can’t see, smell, or taste. Since it is a poison gas with no odor, colour or taste, it can be really difficult to detect it on your won. And, unfortunately, it can be fatal when inhaled. It can come from any fuel-burning appliance in your home that isn’t functioning correctly, including your boiler, fireplace, gas stove or furnace.
So, a carbon monoxide alarm is essential on every level of your home, including, or most importantly, in the sleeping areas.
Fire and carbon monoxide alarms will keep you and your family protected in case of a fire or a gas leak. So, not only that you must equip your home with these alarms, but you must also check them every week to make sure they function correctly.
2. Have a fire extinguisher
The fire alarm will only let you know that there’s a fire burning in your home. However, the fire alarm doesn’t stop the fire from burning. So, that’s why you need a fire extinguisher in your home to react promptly if there’s a fire happening.
When you promptly put out the fire, you save you and your family, but you also protect your property from getting more damaged.
Place the fire extinguisher in a place that is easy to reach, preferably near your kitchen because the kitchen is the room where most fire hazards can start in a home.
In case you will use the fire extinguisher anytime in the future, remember: Pull the pin and aim the base of the fire, then squeeze or press the handle. Next, sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until you put it out.
3. Install a driveway alarm
According to Statista, burglary affected all 50 States in the U.S. and was the third most common type of crime in 2018. Moreover, a recent report from FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Services, there are roughly 2.5 million burglaries every year, and 66 per cent of those are home break-ins. The same report shows that burglars are most attracted to homes that don’t have a security system, and only 17 per cent of properties actually have a system in place.
With home security being so important to protect your family and belongings, you should definitely not neglect to install some security alarms. For example, a driveway alarm can prevent any unwanted entry. This sensor-based device will detect all sorts of motion that cross their path, including vehicles or people entering your property.
4. Hide toxic substances
Every year, millions of kids are injured or die due to toxic chemicals that are right under their own roof. This means not only cleaners, medications or caustic cosmetic items such as nail polish remover, but also substances such as perfume, bath oil or aftershave. In fact, data shows that one million kids are poisoned by ingesting common toxic household substances every year.
So, if you want to protect your family, keep these items that can be toxic hidden from your children. You can keep them in a closet out of their reach or locked. This way, you’ll have control over these substances and protect your kids from getting injured or even worse, die.
5. Test for radon
Data shows that nearly one in 15 homes has a high level of radon. A substance that is medical specialists believe is a common cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is a gas, a radioactive one, that gets released when uranium naturally breaks down in soil, rocks and water.
Radon is a substance that you can’t see or smell, so it’s impossible to know that you and your family are being exposed to it. Therefore, it is essential to test your home for radon. If you discover that your home’s levels are high, you’ll need to have a certified radon-mitigation specialist install a piping system in your home to vent the gas out.
6. Avoid tripping hazards
Tripping and falls are probably the most common causes of injuries. Places such as the stairs in your home and the bathroom are the areas in your house that are most dangerous when it comes to the risk of tripping and falling.
Thus, you should make sure that stairs and walkways in your home are always clutter-free to avoid tripping hazards. As for the bathroom, you can place safety non-slip bathmats to reduce the risk of slipping and tripping.
7. Have a first-aid kit in your home
Injuries happen all the time. If you are a parent, you’re most likely used to nursing your kids almost every day for small wounds.
Yet, while small injuries such as superficial cuts aren’t that dangerous, more severe injuries can even be life-threatening, and the faster you treat them, the less dangerous they are. So, make sure that you have a fully equipped first-aid kit in your home in case any accident happens.