Whether it’s just you living at home or your family, you want your home to be as safe as possible. Not feeling safe in your own house is not something anyone wants to feel.
There are obvious concerns to pay attention to when thinking about safety. However, some may not seem as apparent but are still just as important.
To help you ensure the safety of your home, we created the ultimate checklist to go through.
Locks on All Doors
Do you have locks on all of your doors? Even if you live in a safe town or neighbourhood, you still should have locks on the doors for security. When sleeping at night, it’s good to know that the inside of your home is safe while everyone is asleep.
List of Important Phone Numbers
We get taught at a young age about knowing important phone numbers like mom and dad’s cellphones or when to call 911. However, what about other emergency numbers, and are they all easily accessible? Have a list of every important number, whether it be emergency services, your grandparents, or closest friends, and put it somewhere that is easy to get at.
Flooring is Secure
What is your flooring like? Securing the flooring should include checking for any rips in the carpets, nails or splinters in the wood, and any areas that could be a slipping or tripping hazard. Over time, the floor wears out from regular usage. It’s a good habit to check the flooring in high traffic areas.
Whether it be for the staircase, balcony, deck, or pool, ensure that you have railings installed in areas where people could easily fall. Not only that, check that they are solid and won’t cave f someone leaned against them.
Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen
It may seem like too much, but it’s a good idea to have a small fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Fires can happen at any moment. Being prepared with a fire extinguisher could mean the difference between a fire engulphing your home, or safely putting it out with minimal damage.
First Aid Kit
Every house should have a first aid kit on hand, especially with kids around. People can cut themselves on almost anything. Having a first aid kit allows you to clean the wound and wrap it up to prevent any irritation.
Fire Safety Plan
Does your home have a fire safety plan? If there is anything on this list to implement, it would be the fire safety plan. Your plan is what your family would do in the case of a fire. It should include two escape routes out of every room in the house. Not only that, it should state where to meet outside of the house, and if the kids were alone, which neighbour they should go to.
Safety is a top priority for families across the country. Sometimes, the smallest items can put a child, or anyone, in harm’s way. Paying attention to what you have around the home and implementing a safety plan will keep every person safe in your home.