Home Safety Checklist: 10 Ways to Minimize the Risk of Your Home
Safety is important.
From fastening your seatbelt when you get in your car, to TSA screening your luggage at the airport, making sure that you’re safe wherever you go is crucial.
But when was the last time you thought about the safety of your home?
It’s the place you lay your head at night and where countless memories are made. So, what should you be doing to keep your house secure?
We’ve got a comprehensive checklist of small yet effective ways to help you get started.
1) Security systems
It may seem like a no-brainer, but with more than 2.5 million home invasions every year, keeping your home safe with a security system is the best way to fend off any potential intruders. There are numerous home automation security features that allow you to help improve how you safeguard your home, so take a look at what is out there and find what works best for you.
2) Structural damage
Wear and tear is inevitable for any home. From snow to heavy rains to even a fallen tree, tackling these issues as soon as they occur is key to keeping costs and any future damage as low as possible.
3) Inspect your roof
Get in the habit of checking your roof once a year. Keep an eye out for sagging, heavy debris build-up and any areas where water damage has occurred. Consult a professional if anything looks like a cause for concern.
It’s common for leaves and other debris to get clogged in your gutters, but cleaning them out regularly helps prevent any potential damage. Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home’s foundation, which ultimately can lead to leaking in your basement.
5) Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms can save lives, but if they’re not checked regularly they can be ineffective. Replace batteries and clean out any dust that might be trapped inside the alarm several times a year.
6) Electrical wiring
Worn or old electrical wiring can lead to circuits shorting out, which can ultimately lead to a house fire. Replace any wires that are damaged, and make a routine monthly check of all electrical just to ensure your home is as safe as can be.
If you have a furnace, make sure it has a clean filter. A clogged filter can lead to more energy being used, which can increase your monthly bill, and a dirty filter can cause the air in your home to be unhealthy to breathe. If you think your furnace needs more repairs than a simple filter change, consult a professional.
8) Air conditioning
Just like a furnace, your air conditioning filters should be changed regularly as well. This reduces the risk of any fires or damage and keeps your home safe and clean.
9) Carbon monoxide detector
Carbon monoxide is virtually impossible to notice without a detector, because of its lack of odor, color and taste. To protect your family and home, install a CO2 detector in your home and more specifically where people sleep. Most states have laws that require a certain number of detectors in each home, so ensure you are meeting local standards and have appropriate protection.
10) Emergency kit
With unexpected weather or power outages, each person in your household should prepare a 72-hour emergency kit. Its contents may vary depending on where you live, but the necessities include:
- A flashlight or battery-powered portable lantern
- Required medications
- First aid supplies such as bandages, gauze pads, hot/cold packs and hand sanitizer
- Personal hygiene items
- Personal medical history
- A whistle
Keeping your home safe is important and super simple. So, jump start your New Year by safeguarding yours!