Home Safety Checklist
As the old adage goes, it's better to be safe than sorry. And since home accidents are the leading cause of injury and death, this saying quite literally hits closer to home than you may realize. However, by keeping the right tools on hand, you can substantially reduce your risk for disaster.
- Smoke detector: Perhaps the most crucial home safety equipment, smoke alarms detect and alert homeowners of a fire before it becomes severe. Be sure to have at least one on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom if you sleep with the door closed. Check the batteries periodically to ensure your smoke detectors are working.
- Fire extinguisher: Stop a small fire before it becomes uncontrollable by keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Keep it in the kitchen, since that is where most small fires happen, especially grease fires that cannot be put out with water. If you have a two-story home, it's a good idea to keep one on both levels just in case. It's recommended to replace a fire extinguisher every 7 years, so be sure to keep track of your purchase date.
- Flashlight: Anything from bad weather to fallen power lines can cause the lights to go out, so be prepared by keeping flashlights handy. Keep them in an easy-to-access place, and make sure the batteries are charged with periodic checks. This will avoid the fire hazard of candles, as well as falling due to lack of sight.
- Peephole: You should never open your door without knowing who is behind it, which is why a peephole is crucial. When in doubt, ask the person to provide credentials, or just don't open the door at all to strangers. For the extra cautious, LCD peephole viewers attach over existing peepholes for viewing on a larger screen, with zoom and recording capability.
- Carbon monoxide detector: Prevent the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning with a CO detector. Since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, this is the only way to truly protect yourself against the deadly gas.
- First aid kit: Minor cuts, burns, and injuries are bound to happen, so it's important to keep a stocked first aid kit on hand to treat these small wounds. Check here for a full list of what your first aid kit should contain.
- Dryer pressure sensor: Clogged dryer vents can lead to fire, which is why it's recommended to clean your exhaust vent once each year. But in between cleanings, a pressure system sensor can let you know when a lint clog is blocking air movement.
- Furniture straps: Top-heavy electronics and furniture, such as bookshelves, can easily tip over and cause injury. Secure anything that might pose a threat with furniture straps that attach from the item to the wall.
- Escape ladder: In case of emergency, like a fire, you may not be able to exit your home through the front door. Escape ladders provide a safe alternative exit from windows, and fold up to small size when not in use.