You want your home to be the safest place in the world, especially if you have a family. But for millions, that’s not a reality, simply because they don’t take the proper safety measures. According to studies, more than 75 percent of all accidents happen in the home. In addition, approximately 3.7 million burglaries occur every year.
More often than not, a large percentage of these safety concerns could have been prevented had the proper safety measures been taken. It’s a shame because many of these safety features are really simple to accomplish in the home. Here are just a few measures worth taking.
1. Install Smoke and Gas Detectors
Fires and carbon monoxide leaks in the home are far too common, and many families don’t have working or adequate detectors. The failure to have such detectors drastically increases the risk of being injured in a house fire or by a gas leak. The National Fire Protection Association mandates that homes have at least one fire detector on each level. Installing these detectors in the home is a simple and affordable step that could mean saving your home and your life.
2. Have Emergency Numbers on Hand
Everyone remembers that they can call 9-1-1 during an emergency, which is very important. But many people don’t realize that it’s safer and more efficient to have local emergency numbers on hand. When you call 9-1-1, it will direct your call to the county seat. From there, they’ll dispatch the call to your local emergency service, who will send help your way.
You’ll get the help you need, but it takes time that you often don’t have in an emergency. It’s always a good idea to have the local fire department, police station, ambulance service, and poison control numbers on hand in case of a time-sensitive emergency.
3. Clean Up
If you want to prevent falls, choking hazards, or other accidents in the home, keep things neat and orderly. This won’t eliminate all accidents, but simple things like removing clutter from the floor and storing knives in a safe place, instead of haphazardly on the counter, can significantly reduce the number of accidents that occur in your home.
4. Lock Up
A shocking seven percent of Americans don’t lock their doors at night or when they leave home. That sounds like a small percentage, but equates to more than 22 million people. In addition, many people choose to sleep with their windows open at night to save on air conditioning costs, which provides the perfect entry for burglars. Something as simple as locking the door can enhance your level of safety and help you sleep more soundly at night.
5. Install a Security System
Now that technology has brought us smart home automation and other home security advancements, it’s more affordable than ever to install a security system. Crimes are far less likely to happen when criminals know they’re under surveillance, which significantly improves your protection around the home.
6. Be Prepared
Last, but certainly not least, make a greater effort to be prepared in the event of a disaster. Though warning systems are getting every day, you never know for sure when a natural disaster or other accident could strike. At that point, you could run out of food, water, and other essentials very quickly.
Keep supplies around your home in case of such an emergency, including dry goods, water, flashlights, extra clothing, emergency blankets, a two-way radio, and a first aid kit. Health and safety risks diminish exponentially when you’re prepared.