Protect your family from fires, burglaries, natural disasters, and more with these 11 safety must-haves for every home.
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
All homes should have one of these on each floor and one outside each sleeping area. Make sure you change the batteries a couple times per year and check to make sure everything is operating correctly at least once a month.
It’s recommended that you have properly working fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, second floor, near the fireplace, and one in the car. Each member of the family should be taught how to use the fire extinguisher properly.
A great place to keep flashlights is in between your mattress & box spring. If there’s a power outage or earthquake in the middle of the night, you’ll quickly be able to find your way around your home.
First Aid Kit
Stash a couple first aid kits around the house, in the bathroom, kitchen & car in case anyone gets injured & needs to be bandaged up.
Safes aren’t only meant to keep valuable items from being burglarized, but they also keep hard-to-replace items such as birth certificates & the deed to your house protected from floods & fires.
Emergency Contact List
Doctors, urgent care centers, 24-hour veterinarian clinics, close family members, poison control, etc. should all be written down in a simple emergency contact list and kept in an emergency kit.
Deadbolts on Doors Outside
Deadbolts should be installed on every door that leads outside. This will help prevent anyone from breaking in by simply kicking the door open.
Home Alarm System
A home alarm system is one of the best ways to keep your family safe in case of a home invasion. Just make sure you use it. Many people spend money every month on their home alarm system & fail to use it when they leave their home.
Family Evacuation & Emergency Plan
Whether it be an earthquake, flood, fire, tornado etc. Take some time to talk with your family about what to do in each situation.
Motion sensor night lights placed in the hallways or near the stairs will help guide you through the night without having to search for the light switch. They will keep you safe when you’re feeling like a daredevil & want to see it you can walk through your home in the dark.
Locking windows are often overlooked when you move into your new home. Make sure your windows lock or at least cut a few dowels to size & place them in the windows to prevent them from opening when you’re away or sleeping.