Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Is Your Home As Safe As It Should Be?

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Our homes are our sanctuaries, but without the right precautions, they can also be incredibly dangerous. More accidents happen at home than anywhere else, and so it’s important to take the steps needed to protect your family. Here are some of the ways you can keep your home safe and secure.

Think About Home Security
To keep your family and your possessions safe from home invasions and burglars, good home security is essential. CCTV, efficient locks on windows and doors and a burglar alarm can all help keep thieves at bay. You can read reviews on a site like http://alarm-reviews.net/adt-home-security-review to find the right system for you. Most systems will allow you to set the downstairs alarms while you’re upstairs in bed. This will keep you safe while you sleep, not just when you’re out of the house

Childproof Every Room
If you have babies or young children at home, childproofing is vital. Keep medicines and cleaning chemicals out of low-down cupboards which children can get into. Adding locks to cabinet doors adds an extra layer of security. Windows should be locked with a key, and blinds should all be fitted with a wand rather than a cord system. Curious children can get tangled in blind cords which cause a serious choking hazard. Child gates are useful for preventing children from falling down stairs or entering dangerous areas of the house such as the kitchen or bathroom. There have been cases of children drowning in a few inches of bath water after falling in or scalding themselves on hot water. You can find out more about babyproofing on a website such a http://parents.com/baby/safety/babyproofing/

Have Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Fitted
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted in every home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can occur due to gas appliances that have become faulty or not been fitted properly. An annual gas check should help to keep tabs on this, but for the rest of the year, an alarm will be your only way of knowing. Smoke alarms should be fitted on all levels of the home, and be positioned in a place where you can easily hear them from your bed.

Practice Good Hygiene
The kitchen and bathroom particularly are hot spots for bacteria, and so sticking to a good cleaning routine is essential. Bugs can cause serious illnesses, especially in younger and vulnerable people. Regularly vacuuming and cleaning carpets and replacing soft furnishing that can’t be washed (such as duvets, pillows, and cushions) every couple of years is also important. They can hold on to debris, dust mites and all kinds of nasty bacteria that are bad for our health. These can all trigger or worsen allergies. They can also cause breathing difficulties and all sorts of other negative symptoms. An unclean or untidy home can also be prone to pests too, which can cause all kinds of problems within themselves health-wise.

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Is your home as safe as it should be, or will you be taking any of these tips on board?

xoxo,
Therese


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