Most people consider their home to be a safe haven where nothing bad can happen, but is your home really as safe as it can be? Follow these tips to ensure that you and your family are living in a safe environment.
- Think about candle usage. If you prefer the old fashion way, make sure you keep your burning candles away from pets, children and anything flammable and always double check that all flames are out before you go to bed! Switching to LED candles, however, makes it much easier; you get the same warm glow without worry.
- Keep a fully stocked first aid kit. Stock up on all the first aid essentials to ensure that you’re ready to tackle any wound that comes your way!
- Baby-proof the house. (This applies when you have little ones running around.) They’re curious and love getting into everything. To keep them safe, remember to put pads on all corners and sharp edges throughout the house, put locks on cabinets that hold cleaning products or any other potentially harmful items and cap off all unused wall sockets.
- Check you smoke detectors regularly. This is something that should be a top priority of every monthly to-do list. While it is a hassle and can get pretty repetitive, it could ultimately save your life. Just give each one a quick check to make sure it is on and functioning properly. While you’re at it, go ahead and check your carbon monoxide detectors too.
- Be prepared for a weather emergency. If a big storm suddenly hits and temporarily knocks your power out, make sure you have an easy-to-access supply of flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food.
- Clear off the stairs. The stairs usually double as a good dumping ground for shoes, folded laundry and toys. However, these innocent items can contribute to some serious falls. Get in the habit of keeping your stairs clean and clutter-free!