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How Safe Is Your Home?

how safe is your homeThe process of buying a new home can be daunting, exhilarating, and intensely gratifying all at once. However, it isn’t wise to let the rush of emotion connected with this event to cloud your judgement. One of the most important things to think of and consider about your new house is the question of safety. Of course, this means more than having four solid walls and a roof that won’t fall in at the first sign of a storm, but many brand new homeowners overlook the basics. Read on to discover some tips that’ll help you answer the question: how safe is your home?

Joe Fit-It

First things first: You need to know how to take care of your new home! It’s handy to know how to perform basic maintenance tasks like fixing a leaky sink without flooding the kitchen, evaluating which pipes are vulnerable to freezing during the winter and insulating them and so on. Bigger jobs can obviously be hired out to professionals, but having a basic knowledge when it comes to maintaining and fixing your new home can save you money.

Fire Extinguishers

This one is simple – you should have at least one fire extinguisher in your home, and you need to know how to use it. If you have multiple floors/storeys in your home, then the rule of thumb is to have one extinguisher for each one. It’s recommended that you check all your fire extinguishers and/or service them annually. An easy way to remember this is to make your checks whenever you adjust your clocks for Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Another simple, cheap, and effective safety measure all new homeowners should implement is to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These simple, low-cost devices can give you and your family a much needed head start if the worst should happen.

Carbon monoxide is especially bad; it has no odour, colour, or taste, and it’s completely invisible to the human eye. The installation of carbon monoxide detectors is often a legal requirement, so make sure you check with your local officials for information. In terms of maintenance, these devices won’t require very much, but it’s necessary to service or check them and their batteries annually (some fire departments will not only do this for you, they’ll provide free devices as well!). Make it a habit to do this when you reset your clocks and check your fire extinguishes, and you’ll never forget!

Fire Hazards

Half-full cans of paint, sheaves of paper, old bits of wood, chemicals, and other random pieces of household “stuff” can all be potential invitations to disaster. Make sure you keep your work areas clean (like garages, sheds, and so on), and when you’re done with your materials, you should either call a professional who can dispose of them safely, or else recycle them at an appropriate disposal facility. Never throw them into the garbage, as this not only hurts the environment, but it could deposit poisons into the water supply and so on.

Valuables

Not all threats to your home come from within. Robbery is a very real threat for any home owner. That’s why you should first make sure that your home is equipped with a good security system from an established and reputable company. For animal and pet lovers, a dog can often pull double-duty as a happy-go-lucky companion and a faithful guard, playing with you during the day and standing watch while you sleep. Other steps you can take include gathering your jewelry, important papers like wills and the deeds to your property, cash, and so on, and putting them in a secure location like a safe, a fire-proof container, or at the very least, a locked cabinet or drawer. The less visible your valuables are, the safer the are from theft.

With these tips, you’re well on your way to making your home a safe and comfortable place to live.

So how safe is your home? Did we miss an important tip? Leave your comment in the box below.