This month we are reminded of the importance of home safety, not only for our homes but for our families too. There are several safety hazards in a home that are important to be aware of.
Below are a few suggestions on how to improve your home’s safety:
• Install child locks on all cabinets.
• Prepare your home for hurricanes and storms.
-Check your sump pump
-Secure your outdoor air conditioning unit
-Turn off your air conditioning system and the thermostat as well as the circuit breaker, in case of a power surge
-Cover up the air conditioner once turned off
-Move loose objects indoors
• Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
• Cover outlets with safety plugs.
• Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
• Use non-slip strips or floor mats to prevent falls.
• Always keep the bathroom as clean and dry as possible to prevent falls and moisture issues.
• Never block or pile things on a heater or near heat-exuding appliances.
• Have every combustion appliance checked annually by a professional to ensure they are not releasing carbon monoxide indoors. As a backup install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
• Clean out the lint screen between dryer loads. Failure to do this can cause a fire hazard. Lint from dryers is a leading cause of fires in homes.
• Make sure your family has an evacuation plan in place in the case of an emergency.