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Home Improvement  /  February 2, 2021

4 Safety Items Every Home Should Have

Accidents can happen when you least expect them. Fortunately, with a little forethought and enough preparation, you can keep your home, family and personal belongings safe from disasters, such as carbon monoxide leaks or kitchen fires. Make sure your property is equipped with these essential safety items.

1. Fire Extinguisher

The importance of fire extinguishers when it comes to the prevention of disastrous fires cannot be overstated. Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher, but it is a good idea to stock up on more. One unit should be placed in the kitchen within easy reach in case of accidental fire. Apart from remembering to inspect and replace the extinguisher when it is expired, every member of the household should also know where fire extinguishers are located and how to operate them.

2. Smoke Detectors

Some may not realize the significance of smoke alarms, but they can actually save lives in the event of fire. A smoke detector senses the presence of smoke and sounds a warning to the occupants. It is recommended to install a smoke alarm in each room of the house. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, you should test smoke detectors every month and replace their batteries once or twice a year. You can also find combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on the market.

3. Emergency Contact List

It is crucial to have a list of important contacts ready. This often includes the local police station, fire department, poison control and primary care doctors. Keep it in an easy-to-reach spot, and tell your babysitters and dog sitters where to access it.

4. First Aid Kit

Every home or building should have an updated first aid kit. Include antibiotic ointment, plasters in different sizes, gauze dressings, a pair of tweezers and adhesive tape. It is great to have all your essential supplies in one organized place where everyone can easily find them.

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