Home Safety Checklist for Families
As a parent and homeowner, keeping your family and property safe is important. While you may be vigilant about safety, it's easy to let one or two potentially problematic things slide for too long. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your family and home. Use this safety checklist to guide you through the process.
Electricity can pose a threat to your home if your system is old or damaged. Check your electrical system and related accessories for the following issues:
- Overloaded outlets. Avoid using every outlet in a given area, and never use extension cords or adapters to add power to a single outlet.
- Child accessible outlets. Install covered electrical outlets if you have young children in your home.
- Extension cords. Install additional outlets in areas that experience regular extension cord use.
- Cords running under doorways or rugs. Remove these cords or run them along the wall. Cords in walking areas are fire and tripping hazards.
- Overloaded electrical systems. Have an electrician inspect your home regularly to avoid potentially dangerous electrical issues.
- Frayed wires. Have an electrician handle frayed wires. Keep children away from areas with damaged wiring.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
Modern smoke detectors come with carbon monoxide detection. Use the following tips to make the best use of your in-home detectors:
- Replace old smoke detectors. Install a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in place of older smoke detectors.
- Install self-testing detectors. Self-testing detectors alert homeowners to dead batteries.
- Install interconnected detectors. Interconnected detectors sound all at once, even if the smoke or fire is only present in one area.
- Link detectors to your security system. Monitored systems alert fire and police officials in the event of an emergency. This can prevent smoke and fire from hurting your family or damaging your home.
- Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years. Place a piece of painter's tape with the purchase date on the back of your detector. This will help you identify old detectors.
A well-maintained home security system is paramount to the safety of your home.
- Install a home security system. Monitored security systems will notify law enforcement in case of a break-in. Many systems also notify police in case of fire or smoke.
- Consider a Wi-Fi-controlled system. Some Wi-Fi systems allow you to lock and unlock doors remotely, as well as check on the status of your home while you're away.
- Upgrade your security system. Get rid of security systems that use a landline to contact police and fire officials. Modern systems are more reliable and safer for your home.
Hiring childproofing experts can be beneficial for many new parents. Keep an eye out for these concerns when childproofing your home:
- Unsecured cabinets. Install latches and locks on all cabinets to avoid poisoning and messes.
- Hazardous chemicals. Keep cleaning chemicals and alcohol out of reach of children.
- Kitchen knives. Keep knives out of reach.
- Medicines and vitamins. Store these in secured cabinets.
- Uncovered pools. Install a fence and cover around your swimming pool.
- Place gates around stairs and dangerous areas of your home.