The change in the seasons is a great time to undertake simple tasks to make your home safe. We have these seven tips that are easy for a do-it-yourselfer to undertake and that will amp up the safety of your home.
Here are some important home safety tasks to do today:
- The batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked and changed. This should be done before the battery starts to die and the detectors begin beeping. Run a test on your detectors at least monthly to assure they would work if needed.
- Speaking of batteries. Make certain you have batteries in the house for your detectors, flashlights and your battery-operated radios. When the power goes out unexpectedly – and is there really any other time? – you need to have working flashlights. Store flashlights and batteries in an easy to reach and remember spot. Keep a portable phone charger in your car. If the power in the house goes out you can charge your phone and your tablets in the car. It’s also a good idea to keep your car’s gas tank full in case you need to leave the home and none of the local gas stations are open.
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit for your family. This kit should have everything your family would need whether you need to shelter in place or evacuate the home. You should have non-perishable foods, water, clothing, pocket knife, food for your pets, clothing, flares, a flashlight. If you hear that a storming is imminent, add any medications you, your family and your pets would need. Keep the emergency kit in a closet close to the door and make certain you have quick and easy access to any clothing you would need to survive the elements.
- Check your fire extinguishers and make sure the pressure gauge needle shows “in the green” meaning it is still usable. If it isn’t, you need to replace it. Check for any damage to the handle, pin, hose or nozzle.
- Assemble a tool kit for your house. Whether you need to change batteries, fuses or tighten a loose kitchen cabinet drawer, having a fully stocked tool kit will make all of that easier.
- Do a once over on your home for any leaky doors or windows to help keep winter drafts or summer blasts of heat from entering your home to help keep your utility bills manageable.
- At least annually have a professional clean, inspect and service your furnace. Keep additional furnace filters on hand learn how to change them.
Responsible homeowners understand the importance of undertaking these simple tasks to keep their home and family safe.