A home is meant to be a haven for the family. Taking adequate safety measures is important for keeping your family safe. There are so many things, both internal and external factors, that could go wrong every day at home but with proper care and attention, you can mitigate most of them.
1. Tidy Up
According to the National Safety Council, falls are 100 percent preventable. In homes with kids, it can be a difficult task to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Kids tend to leave toys lying around floors carelessly. The best way to prevent a fall is to encourage your kids to clean up after playing. And reward them for doing so. Tidying up ensures everything is in order. Apart from toys and clothing items, other things you need to look out for are wet floors and spills, and electrical and phone cords. Endeavour to clean up spills as soon as they occur. Ensure that cords and cables are neatly put away.
2. Improve Home Security
Most homes come with only the basic security which is usually in the form of locks on doors and a smoke detector. Some potential threats to your home include a fire outbreak or a home invasion. Improve your home security by installing adequate smoke detectors around the house, a door and window tamper alarm, an automated locking system, and outdoor motion light sensors. This kind of safety measures gives you and your family peace of mind. For added security and convenience, you can link it to your mobile device such that when there is an alarm, you can see what is wrong on your phone from wherever you may be and be able to call for help immediately.
3. Eliminate Electrical Risks
According to Gov.uk, about 19300 accidental domestic fires in the UK were electrical-related, of which 10111 were caused by domestic appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and microwaves. Others were caused by power surges and faulty wiring and cables. Routinely inspect all wires, lightings, and cables for faults. A broken cable is dangerous, especially when there is water around such as in the kitchen and bathroom. If you need a socket outlet, call an electrician or get an authentic switched extension lead. Ensure that you only buy electrical accessories from reputable vendors such as Spares2You. Do not attempt to work on electrical appliances if you have no prior professional training.
4. Have the Basics
It is necessary to have these necessities in case of an emergency. They include at least one fire extinguisher that is easily accessible, a first aid kit of which every member of the house should learn how to use, inhalers and EpiPens if necessary, and appropriate contacts for all major types of emergencies.
Practice emergency drills at least once a year in your home to refresh the memory. With proper practice and due diligence, you can maintain a safe and secure home for you and your family.