A safe home is a happy home.
Well, one would hope it is anyway. I do know an unsafe home is definitely NOT a happy one. You should always be on the lookout for ways to make your home safer for you, your family, and your guests. They do say most injuries happen at home. Remember, no room in your home is completely free from potential injuries. But since most injuries are from lack of knowledge or neglect, we can do something to avoid them happening. Here are safety tips for your home.
General safety tips.
- Keep guns unloaded and locked away.
- Install and maintain smoke detectors throughout the house.
- Develop a fire exit plan, and practice it with your family.
- If you have a chimney/fireplace have it checked annually.
- Keep emergency numbers posted near the telephone.
Kitchen safety tips.
- Keep cords of the toaster, microwave, coffee maker, etc. away from the sink and stove.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen: near an exit and away from the stove.
- Keep cleaning supplies up out of the way and locked from children.
- While cooking avoid loose, flowing clothes, be careful with long sleeves.
- Do not leave a pan of cooking grease unattended.
- Turn pot handles in so they aren’t hanging over the stove to bump or for little hands to grab.
- Never pick up an pan of burning grease: First turn the burner off, then slide a lid on the pan.
- Keep potholders etc. away from the burners.
Bathroom safety tips.
- Use non-skid rug ( not towels) on the floor.
- The hot water temperature is not higher than 120.
- Never use any electrical appliances while bathing.
- Make sure your hands are dry when plugging in electrical appliances.
Bedroom safety tips.
- Keep a working flashlight handy in case of power failure.
- Have a lamp or light switch within easy reach of bed.
- Keep a phone next to the bed. If you don’t have phone jack near the bed, consider a portable phone.
Living room safety tips.
- Secure rugs and carpets to the floor.
- Make sure all electrical cords are out of the flow of traffic.
- Make sure you have a light switch or lamp near entrances.
- Another room to have a working flashlight.
Bob Beisbier, owner of BK Home Inspections, is a Certified Master Home Inspector who has been providing professional and thorough home inspections in southeast Wisconsin for over 12 years. Bob is Infrared certified, DILHR Certified, and provides Home Energy Tune-ups, Environmental Data Reports, Pre-sale Home Inspections and Pre-offer Home Inspections.