28 Apr 7 Ways to Make Your Home Safer
Hopefully you enjoy your home, but the most important thing is that your home is safe. From accidents to mechanical issues, there are a number of hazards that can occur around the house. But most issues can be addressed with some planning and regular maintenance.
Want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe? Here are a few ways to prevent hazards at home:
1. Purchase a sturdy step stool.
When you need to get something from a higher cabinet or shelf, use a good quality step stool instead of a chair to reduce your risk of falling.
2. Make sure your wiring is up to code.
Have a licensed electrician inspect your home’s wiring, especially if you live in an older home, to prevent accidental fires. You should also have GFCI outlets in your kitchen and bathroom.
3. Follow best practices for fire extinguishers.
Check the pressure level and replace fire extinguishers every 12 years.
4. Clean your dryer vent.
Schedule professional cleanings once or twice a year, and clear the lint filter yourself between loads.
5. Use nonskid mats and rugs.
Nonslip mats are great for the bathroom. For area rugs in the rest of the house, use nonskid mats underneath.
6. Lower your water heater.
Set the temperature to about 120° F to prevent scalding.
7. Kid- or pet-proof as needed.
Make sure cleaning solutions, medication and vitamins are stored in a safe area.
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