May 8, 2012

3 Steps to Home Safety and Security

For most of us the risks in our household are relatively small, but this does not mean that we can ignore them. Being prepared to act in an emergency could potentially save your life and the lives of others. Factors like installing a fire alarm and regularly checking it should be second nature to any home owner because awareness is everything. People often forget, however, that they need to know what to do and how to escape once they are aware of the emergency. This article will consider some of the ways that you can prepare to protect.

1.   Safety Outside
·         Don’t advertise who you are by putting your name on the letter box. Giving strangers too much information about yourself is never a good idea, particularly if you live alone. It is always important, however, to clearly advertise the house number because this will allow assistance to arrive sooner in an emergency.
·    Replace smooth or slippery pathways with rougher surfaces so they are easier to grip.
·         Garden tools are useful but it is important to keep them locked away when they are not in use. A hose could trip you up but a ladder or an axe could be used to break into your home.
·         Make sure the external lighting is good and preferably automatic so that it lights up if you or anyone else approaches the house.
·         Paint walls along pathways white so that they are both easier to see and less easy to sneak past unseen.

2.   Safety Inside
·      The first step of creating safety inside the home needs to be preventing unwanted visitors from entering. Installing a good home security system will act as a deterrent but it is important to secure windows and doors properly to prevent easy access.
·         Keeping floors clean so they are not slippy is important. A wet surface can quickly become extremely dangerous so seek non-slip surfaces where possible. Remember that soap quickly makes non-slip surfaces very slippy and be sure to rinse floors thoroughly after use.
·       Look out for frayed or damaged carpets. A frayed carpet, particularly in a doorway, can easily trip up the unwary. Get these problems fixed as soon as possible to avoid injury.
·    Install phones in both your bedroom and in the main living area. Your phones should always be accessible and properly charged so they can be used when necessary. It is also sensible to keep a list of emergency numbers by the phone in case you need to call for help.
·    Arrange the furniture so you have easy movement about the house. Creating unnecessary obstacles will merely hinder your ability to escape in an emergency.
·         Avoid using extension cords and replace any frayed wires immediately.
·         When removing plugs from the wall, pull them by the plug not the wire.

3.   Fire Ready
·       Plan your escape routes out of the property. These routes should be clear at all times and any doors should be easy to unlock from the inside.
·       Remember that smoke rises. Get down on your hands and knees to avoid inhaling smoke.
·       Know where you are going once you escape the house. It is important to get to a safe place where there is both warmth and a telephone so that you can contact the fire department.
·        Use the back of your hand to test the heat of doors when leaving. If it is hot then don’t open it because the fire is the other side.

Maintaining safety and security in your home is an ongoing effort. There are steps you can take to increase the safety of your home but it is most important to remain vigilant to dangers and use common sense to prevent accidents.
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1 comment:

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