Does your home feel safe? Even though there are no small children running around the house, it is still important to regularly check the safety of your house. Every room should be ready for any problem that you may encounter. Due to this, we came up with a list of things you can consider to ensure the whole house is safe.
1. The Kitchen
The Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC said that 40 percent of fires in homes each year are caused by cooking equipment. You should make sure the smoke detector inside the kitchen is working. A smoke detector with a photoelectric sensor is also a good idea to minimize instances of false alarms.
The kitchen should also have a fire extinguisher. It is easy to learn how to use on. You just have to keep the acronym PASS in mind:
- Pull the safety pin out
- Aim the fire extinguisher at the flame’s source from a distance of six feet
- Squeeze the extinguisher’s trigger
- Sweep the fire extinguisher on the flame’s source until it is empty.
2. The Living Room
There are also some things that can make your living room unsafe. The television is one of the things that can be potentially dangerous inside the living room. According to the Pediatrics journal, falling television sets cause accidents where children end up in the emergency room every 30 minutes. You only have to mount or secure the television properly to avoid these situations.
In addition, you can prevent children from sticking their fingers in unused outlets by covering them. You can also install electrical plate covers if you do not like using removable covers. These things automatically slide down when you remove the plug. Outlet covers should be installed in all the rooms inside the home.
3. The Office
The office has a good number of outlets as well as electrical equipment. A power strip may even be used inside the office. Power strips do not increase the power inside the office. They only give you more outlets to use. You may have to hire an electrician to ensure you have enough outlets inside an office.
Surge protectors are better compared to basic cords. They can protect computers, printers, and other electronic equipment from power surges. These power surges cam cause your electronic equipment to turn off. They can also protect against huge power surges caused by lightning. You should also check all the power cords inside the office for any signs of damage. A split wire loom can be used to protect wires from damage at a reasonable cost.
4. The Bathroom
You will have to check the basement to protect everyone in the house from getting hurt due to scalding water your bathroom. The basement will likely be where you installed the water heater. The setting should be a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention or CDC. Setting this is as easy as turning a dial on the water heater.
In addition, you should keep electrical items away from water. These include shavers, hairdryers, and curling irons. They should be unplugged when they are not being used. An anti-slip bath mat should also be placed inside the bathtub to prevent falls. A bath shower handle can also provide extra stability and protection.
A bathroom fan can also prevent mold from forming inside the bathroom.
5. The Bedroom
Residential fires cause over 3,500 Americans death every year, according to the United States Fire Administration. These fires also cause 18,000 injuries each year. Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be installed on every floor of the house. You should also ensure they are placed close to the bedrooms. The batteries should also be checked regularly.
Fire inside a home can spread fast, according to the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA. Escaping during an emergency should only take around one to two minutes. You can consider getting a fire escape ladder for the bedroom. Escape routes should also be planned properly.
Large dressers and other furniture can be found inside the bedroom. You can install anti-slip brackets to protect small children. These are detachable to make them easy to clean. But, they can secure any furniture on the wall properly. You can check a PSA video from the CPSC to know the reason for getting these brackets.
6. The Basement
The leading cause for lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States is radon. Many cancers caused by radon inside the home come from low up to medium exposure. This usually happens in the basement. You should have a house tested before you buy one. You can get the services of an inspector or install a radon mitigation system of the radon levels are high.
While it may be costly, it is cost-effective since it protects you from any health issues in the future.
7. The Stairway
There is at least one child who falls down a flight of stairs every six minutes based on some studies. A stairway gate is a good idea to keep children or animals that may run around the house. These come in many different colors, sizes and materials.
8. The Garage
One main source for carbon monoxide is car exhaust. So, you should never run your automobile while it is inside the garage. This is especially true when the garage door is closed. Some flammable materials may even be stored inside the garage. Fire safety rules you follow inside the house should also be followed inside the garage. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers should also be placed inside the garage. You should also follow all necessary precautions inside the area.
The safety sensors on the garage door should also be checked to ensure they are working properly. You can get a replacement or ask for help from the company that installed these sensors.
9. The Outdoors
You should check for any loose railings or rotting wood on the deck every year. Accidents on the balcony and railing can be prevented by using mesh railnets. They block access to any space your children may see. Outdoor safety gates should also be installed on multi-level decks.
You should also be aware of all safety measures if you have a swimming pool. This allows you to prevent any drowning incidents while using the pool. Safety should also be ensured even if the pool is not being used. According to the CDC, more than half of the children death due to drowning should not have happened if pool fencing was installed. The pool should be off limits when it is not used. The height of the fencing should be at least four feet to make them effective.