When it comes to our homes, we want to create a safe environment, but many of us don’t necessarily take the time to make sure our home has what it needs to be safe. Simple home safety preparation ensures that you have what you need on hand to protect you and your family from harm.
A home security alarm is one of the best things you can do to help deter burglars and keep your home safe. Make sure to utilize the stickers and signs that the alarm company gives you to alert potential thieves that you have an alarm system. These items may be the best deterrent of all.
You no doubt have smoke detectors in your home, but you should have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Ideally, you should have several in or near each room to make sure you have several monitoring the air at all times. Just having them won’t keep your family safe if they don’t work. Make sure to test them and change batteries out every 6 months.
There are a lot of scary statistics with house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were more than 365,000 house fires in the U.S. in 2015. While we all hope and pray a fire will never happen in our home, we still need to prepared. Extinguishers need to be in a place where they can be accessed easily and one should be on each floor. Depending on the manufacturer, extinguishers last between 5 and 15 years. Make sure to check the tag on your extinguisher for dates and instructions. If your fire extinguisher has a gauge. it should be checked every month to make sure it is properly charged.
It’s seems silly to sit down, map it out and run a drill, but it may save lives in case of an emergency. A plan should be developed to help each family member get out of the house in case of an emergency. It is important to schedule times to go over the plan a few times a year to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go. Don’t forget to have safety ladders available in case you need to exit from the second story.
Accidents will happen. Especially with children in the home. To make sure you are prepared for these unexpected burns and scrapes, you want to have a fully stocked first-aid kit on hand. An ideal kit will have various sizes and types of bandages, gauze/tape, antibiotic ointments, cleansings pads, ice packs, gloves, splints, and pain relievers for all ages. You may need specific allergy items like epinephrine injection pens if a family member has certain allergies. Amazon has several kits that will be delivered to your door!
Emergency Contact Sheet
Although no one plans to have an emergency, everyone should be prepared for one. An emergency can be traumatic and confusing. When every second counts, you can’t risk not being able to remember who or what number to call.
COListings created a comprehensive Emergency Contact Form for you to download free. Make sure to print out several copies for the home, family vehicles, and caregivers. Review the contact list regularly to ensure all the information is current. Click Here to Download This Form
Also, consider programming your cell phones in case of an emergency outside the home. Input “ICE” as a new contact on your cell phone. This stands for “In Case of Emergency.” Enter your spouse or primary emergency contact number and responders will know who to call in the event you cannot.