Home Safety Tips

Home safety tips including kids safety, fire safety tips, kitchen safety, cooking safety and electrical safety.

Every home has dangers, obvious and unseen, especially if you are the lone adult living at home. Many areas of safety at home can be easily overlooked. The best way to ensure safety in the home is to make a home safety checklist.

Kids' Safety

The most important home safety tips are those that will protect children, whether your own or those visiting. Their safety in the home should be a priority. Cover any exposed power outlets and keep electrical cords out of easy reach. Cleaning supplies and other harsh substances need to be kept out of reach, never in a bottom cabinet.

Make sure all medications are out of reach or locked up. Hot substances like cups of coffee or burning cigarettes must never be left unattended with children nearby. Doors to the outside should have keyed deadbolt locks on them, and the key not left in the lock, so that young children cannot get outside without your knowledge. Windows on upper floors should have safety bars installed so that they cannot be opened and the screens pushed out.

Fire Safety

Nobody wants their home to burn down, but some basic home safety tips can keep you and your children safe just in case. Make sure that there are no lighters or matches lying around. Never leave burning candles or fireplaces unattended. Never smoke in the house when you feel sleepy.

Make sure to have at least one smoke detector installed on every floor of the house, and change the batteries every six months. Check them monthly to ensure they are working properly. Make sure to have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of the home and replace them as they become outdated.

Kitchen and Cooking Safety

Always check to make sure that your stove and oven are turned off when not in use and unplug unused appliances. Never leave anything flammable on or around cooking surfaces. Be sure to turn the handles of your pots and pans so that they don't hang over the edge of the stove when you are cooking.

Keep a metal pan lid and a bag of flour nearby in case of a fire if you have an electric range. Consider putting child locks on your cupboards and drawers. One of the most overlooked of the home safety tips is spills. Make sure to clean up spills right away.

Electricity Safety Tips

Most of these have been covered in the home safety tips for children, but you should also be sure to check all exposed cords for fraying and excess heat. Unplug them if you find it. If you have an appliance or light that seems to flicker, have it checked out as there may be a short in it.

If you feel spots of heat on your walls, call an electrician or the fire department right away as this may be an electrical short or fire. Be careful to make sure that all outlets used are approved for the voltage of the appliance you are plugging into them.

Your home safety checklist should be kept in a place that is easy to find and checked at a minimum every month. Safety in the home is not something that can be ignored.

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