4 Useful Tips to Make Your Family Safe at Home
One of the greatest fears of any parent is seeing their kids and their spouse getting hurt. Household accidents are common, and you should do everything you can to make your family safe at home. Below is a quick and short list on how to do just that.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
One of the most important things you can do is to regularly check on your smoke alarms. Every home should have smoke alarms. Now the number of said smoke alarms depends on their sensitivity. Some need to be in the exact same room to detect smoke, while others can sense it from the other side of the house.
Now, they are lifesavers, for quite obvious reasons. They detect flaming and smouldering fires quickly, and that annoying beeping sound they make is like that for a reason. It’s supposed to jerk you from whatever state you are in and to get you moving and working on handling a fire.
For this reason, checking your fire alarms regularly is a must. Set out one day in your calendar per year where you should change the battery on your smoke detectors. Trust us, you’ll forget otherwise.
Maintain Your Appliances
Your appliances can be a source of danger in your home. Namely, old refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, microwaves… All these pose a safety risk if they have not been maintained for a while. You are just one short-circuit away from starting a fire. Or, the appliance itself can simply break and fall on somebody. A leg holding up a fridge, a faulty washing machine jumping like a bull.
For this reason, fixing up your appliances with the help of a professional is a must. At the very least check on the stuff, and decide whether you need to invest in completely new equipment. Sometimes all you need is to just replace some parts. Just be sure you’re using the right units.
If you have an LG washing machine, you should use LG washing machine parts, if you have a Bosch refrigerator, you need Bosch spare parts.
We also want to mention, just one more time to hammer the point home, how important it is to contact a professional. If you truly think there is something wrong with the appliances in your home, you need to get a pro to take a look. If you have no actual training in home repair, you may just do more harm than good.
Know What to Do in a Fire
If the worst happens, you need to be prepared. First of all, in an ideal scenario, you should have fire extinguishers all around your house, along with fire blankets. These can regulate your situation in a matter of minutes.
However, know that there are different types of fires that can occur, and you need to take care and think of how you handle each one. While going into depth about the types of fires is a bit outside the scope of this article, there are some tips can surely come in handy.
Namely, regular fires that come from solids, like wood, or clothing, can be put out with pretty much anything. Grease and oil fires, on the other hand, must always be taken out with a fire extinguisher. Throwing water on a grease fire will only make things worse, and spread said fire everywhere.
Now, as far as the things you can do if your home catches fire, and you don’t have any equipment. First of all, you can starve the fire by simply closing off the room where it started. This will stop it from spreading (or at least slow it down) and may cut off its supply of oxygen, hopefully ending it then and there.
Get a Good Security System Installed
You should think long and hard about the actual safety of your neighbourhood and whether you need a good security system installed. Not everybody needs it of course, but an alarm system and cameras will deter most wannabe burglars from entering your home. And if they do decide to go in, well, at least you’ll have some evidence on this individual’s identity.
Protecting your family should be your top priority, as a homeowner, and as a parent. Be aware of the things that may get your family in danger. Maintain your appliances, learn what to do in a fire, check your smoke alarms, and get a security system installed if you need to.
Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.