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Fences  /  March 17, 2021

How Do You Perform a General Home Safety Check?

It is not enough that your house is pleasing to the eye and comfortable. Your home should also be always safe, for you and your family. Some potential hazards are noticeable and easy to deal with, while others are easy to overlook. Dedicating a few minutes to do some safety checks will go a long way in keeping your home safe. 

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Read on to learn how to perform a general home safety check. 

Check Smoke Detectors

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of your home, especially in sleeping areas. Make sure to test these alarms every month and replace ones that are not working. Clean the detectors and replace the batteries at least once a year. 

Take Care of Your Electrical Cords and Outlets

Look for frayed wires and replace them if there are any. Be sure that no cords are running under rugs or across doorways. Place plastic safety covers on unused outlets if there are small children in your home. If there are warm outlets or plugs, have them checked by an electrician. Also, always check the maximum wattage of lamp bulbs and don’t have more than one high-wattage appliance plugged in one outlet. 

Replace Fire Extinguishers if Needed

For your safety, place a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and one on every floor. It’s essential to know how to use them and follow the suggested replacement schedule by the manufacturer. If possible, get a sprinkler system for your home. 

Formulate an Escape Plan

Create an escape plan and practice it at least two times a year with your family. Have a meeting place in case of an emergency. It also pays to invest in a rescue ladder if you have a two-story home. This ladder should be attached to an upper-level window casing to make it an alternate escape route. 

Child-Proof Your Home

If you have young children at home, install safety latches and locks in your cabinets. Install window guards in all windows and add safety gates at the top and bottom stairs. Any hazardous substances or materials must be locked in cabinets. Store your medications and vitamins as well as sharp objects out of children’s reach. Consider fencing your pool with a four-sided fence and a child-proof gate if you have one at home. 

Turn to Handyman Connection of Orange County for your home improvement and maintenance needs. Give us a call at (714) 288-0077 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. 

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