3 Checklists for Home Safety

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When it comes to your home and the safety of your family, you can never be too careful. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know the basic safety precautions to take. These checklists will help you to get your home up to your safety standards in no time.

 

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

1. Every floor of the house should have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, especially near sleeping areas.

2. Every month, test the alarms and replace any that don’t work. Additionally, all alarms should be replaced every ten years, even if they’ve been working fine.

3. Every year, replace the batters.

4. Regularly vacuum and clean the detectors.

 

Cords and Outlets

1. Are there any loose frayed wires in your home? Repair or replace them right away.

2. Make sure that there aren’t any cords that run across doorways or underneath rugs.

3. Have a little one running around? Put safety covers over outlets that aren’t being used.

4. Extension cords aren’t a safe option. Instead, you should install outlets where you currently have an extension cord.

5. If any of your outlets are warm, call an electrician right away.

6. Double check the manufacturer’s information regarding outlet requirements and maximum wattage for your electronics and bulbs. You should never plug more than one high-wattage appliance into an outlet.

 

Heating

1. Check that the exterior vents are sealed correctly and that they aren’t being obstructed – otherwise, you could have a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. This is especially important to do following a storm.

2. If you cook with a wood stove or if you have a fireplace in your home, make sure to only use dry seasoned wood, which doesn’t produce an excess of creosote. Otherwise, soot can build up, which can cause fires in your chimney. Every year, you should have your chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned by a chimney sweep.

3. Yearly, inspect your home’s water heaters. To prevent burns, the temperature should never be set above 120 degrees.

To keep your home up to code and safe from hazards, find out more about choosing and maintaining appliances.