Everyone deserves to feel safe in his or her own home. Many of us already take some basic home safety precautions, such as installing smoke detectors or locking the front door before leaving the house. However, there is more that you can do to ensure that your home is completely safe. It is important to take some time to identify any risks in your home, and take steps to reduce those risks.

The kitchen is a often gathering place for many families, and should be a fun place to enjoy food and company. It can also pose many hidden dangers. Remember to keep electrical kitchen appliances away from water, never leave sharp objects unattended, and turn off the oven, stove, and any other appliances when you are done cooking. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly by testing them once a month and replacing the batteries twice a year.

Cleaning products normally used around the house can be poisonous if swallowed or if they come in contact with your eyes, nose, or ears. If you have children in the house, keep cleaning supplies in a safe place that children cannot get to. Laundry detergent pods can also pose a risk for younger children. Even with an increase in package safety features from laundry detergent companies, it is important to keep laundry pods secured, and out of reach of small children.

Children aren’t the only ones to remember when thinking about safety around the home. The elderly are more prone to falls, and there are a few simple steps you can take to fall-proof your home. Make plenty of space in between furniture to walk through, taking special care to remove items that can be tripped over from the floor, and make sure there is ample lighting in all rooms of the home.

Home Safety Basics:

  • Establish an emergency plan, including what exit to use in an emergency, with your family.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers somewhere visible and accessible to anyone who would be in the home.
  • Clearly mark the street number on your house or mailbox so that you can be easily located in case of an emergency.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home and check that they work regularly.