Maintaining a safe home environment for your family should be a number one priority. There is much you can do to ensure a secure home, keeping it safe from danger or unforeseen occurrences. Here are six easy ways you can make your home safer.
Regularly Test Your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Alarms
Chances are you already have these important detectors installed throughout your home. If not, it’s imperative that you get them immediately. These alarms have a dual purpose of detecting smoke and poisonous, deadly CO2 gases. Place them near bedrooms, hallways, kitchens and basements. Check that they are working and change the batteries every six months.
Lock Up Your Toxic Home and Care Products
Keep certain items locked up in a cabinet, especially if you have small children in the house. This includes items such as caustic cleaners, medications, certain cosmetics, perfumes and even vitamins. Children are unpredictable and are liable to taste or swallow just about anything. You could also consider adding more shelving in hard to reach areas to keep these items out of reach for children.
Have a Fire Escape Plan in Place
If your smoke alarm should sound or if someone actually can see or smell fire, it would be optimal if there were a plan for your family to follow without having to think twice about it. There should be a plan for everyone to get out of the house and meet at a predetermined spot outside in case of fire. Have escape ladders near windows that are high up and practice your escape plan just as children practice with school fire drills.
Have Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found in some homes. It’s odorless and colorless and is the main cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. The test comes in a simple kit. You should also keep a radon detector in your home to alert you of dangerous levels.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Be sure you have adequate lighting around your home to both protect it from strangers lurking about and to prevent possible stumbles and falls as you and your family make your way to the front or back door at night. Motion lights that turn on when movement is detected is also a smart choice.
Install a Home Alarm System
You will make your home much more secure when you have a home alarm system to alert you to potential burglaries and prevent catastrophe. Enjoy the security of knowing when someone is approaching or attempting to disturb your family’s peace of mind. Some alarm systems can be controlled from home smarphone to keep the house secure and alert of potential danger like break ins or fires.
When you safeguard your home and family using these six simple strategies, you are taking control over your loved ones’ lives and your treasured possessions.
Informational credit to Astro Guard Alarms Vancouver Ltd