Owning a house is the American dream. Having your own land and home to rest your head gives you peace of mind. What also gives peace of mind is knowing that you’ll enjoy your home for years to come. In recognition of National Safety Month, below are easy tips for homeowners to consider to help you keep a sound and safe environment for your family.
Most homes built within recent years have more stringent fire codes. These extra safety precaution measures minimize damage in the event of a fire. But what about older homes?
Older homes may not have modern fire safety measures like networked smoke detectors that trigger whole-home beeps when one fire alarm goes off. What homeowners of older residences can do is ensure that each room has a detector. Also, set a calendar reminder to regularly check or change the batteries in your smoke and fire detectors. Many homeowners take advantage of Daylight Savings starting and stopping each season as a reminder to check smoke detectors.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Protect your family against a scentless and noiseless killer, carbon monoxide. Similar to smoke detectors, most newer homes are required to have them during their original construction. Older homes can have one added for just a few dollars and a trip to your local supply store.
Cooking is among the top causes of home fires. While it may sound obvious to practice safe cooking, a good thing to keep around the home is a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers vary in cost based on their size, but a good fire extinguisher can be as affordable as $10.
Garage fires are among the #1 causes of house fires. Unfortunately, even with modern fire safety codes many areas do not require smoke and fire detectors be present in garages.
Protect yourself and invest in a smoke or fire detector for your garage. For added peace of mind, keep a fire extinguisher handy in the garage, too.
Did you know that something as insignificant as a dryer vent is the cause of tens of thousands of house fires per year? Homeowners should regularly clean dryer vents and vent hosing. Dryer ventilation pipes and ducting should consist of high-temp resistant, non-plastic material.
Fireplaces are a grand expansion to any room. Make sure you know how to securely maintain your fireplace and chimney. Avoid becoming one of the dozens of thousands of homeowners that fall victim to fireplace or chimney fires each year. Chimneys should be cleaned seasonally, and more regularly if used frequently.
Appliances have a wide mix of electrical demands. Be mindful so as not to create an excess demand of power onto a limited power supply. Additionally, when you’re done using electronics, disconnect devices that don’t require a constant charge or connection.
Water leaks may sometimes be unnoticeable or extremely small. Check water sources routinely for holes. When moving your refrigerator, for cleaning or renovating, be mindful so as not to pleat the water line. Make a point to review sink and toilet piping yearly to look for wear or rust. Give careful consideration to your water bill. A substantial increase in water usage could be an indicator of hidden damages leaking nearby.
Gutters and Roof
Regularly remove leaves and buildup from gutters and rain spouts. Backed up rain gutters can cause water flow to backlog and leak into your home. Additionally, during warmer weather, built up leaves in rain gutters are an excellent source of fuel for fire.
Don’t forget about your roof. Roofs protect your home and everything that is in it. Regularly check your roof for missing shingles, holes, flashings, etc. If you find a problem on your roof, immediately repair it. Roofs are one thing that you don’t want to delay on repairing.
No one plans on getting injured. Then again, that’s why accidents are called “accidents.”
What are your home safety tips for National Safet Month?