Posts Tagged ‘home safety’

Tips for Child-proofing Your Home

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

baby-proofing-your-homeHow to Make Your Home Child-Friendly

Babies and toddlers are a source of joy and happiness to a household, but they are very prone to accidents. They are at a phase where they can walk around and explore, but they not really aware of dangers around them.

That is why it is the responsibility of their parents or guardians to make sure that the homes toddler and babies live in are safe and child-friendly.

Here we will look into some of the common accident areas in the home and discuss how you can make them safer for your kids.


The stairs is the first one you should inspect. The danger of being careless when using stairs needs no explanation. Even adults easily get injured when they go up and down the stairs recklessly. And the injuries from stair-related accidents are often serious. Here are some ways to make stairs safer.

· Adding a slip-proof matting on individual steps

· Adding a soft rubber mat on the exact spot where the stair ends on the bottom to reduce injury

· Teaching children stair safety

· Putting a non-slip grip on the stair handles


How to Safeguard Your Home when Vacationing

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

home-security-floodlightsHow to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are on Vacation

No one wants to worry about their home while on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe from burglars while you are enjoying your holiday.

Don’t Advertise

It’s only natural to want to share your vacation plans with others. But sharing them on social media is a bad idea. Once it’s out there, you have no control over where the information ends up. Your plans could end up in the hands of thieves. And they’ll know that they have lots of time to do a thorough job of clearing your home of all your valuables. Likewise, sharing photos and updates on social media isn’t a good idea either. I’ll admit, I was guilty of this. It’s hard to not share photos and exciting stories about the fun things you’re experiencing. But wait until you get home to share your vacation online.

computers-electronicsLock it Up

Lock up valuables and documents in an immobile safe, bank safety deposit box or leave them with a trusted friend or family member. For Example:

Tablets and Laptops
Important documents (Social Security Cards, birth certificates, spare credit cards, password lists, etc.)
Keys to your home, office, car, etc.
Expensive jewelry and electronic devices
Firearms and ammunition

A portable, fireproof safe is fine for protecting valuables from fire. But it won’t stop a thief from walking off with it. If you use portable safes, leave them with a friend/family member while you’re away.

patio-decorating-seatingMake Your Home Look Occupied

Put your mail and newspaper on hold or ask someone to pick them up for you. If you’re gone for more than a week, have someone mow your lawn in the summer. (If it’s winter, ask someone to shovel your driveway after a snowfall and leave footprints going to and from your door.) Don’t leave your garbage bins by the road. Ask someone to put them out and bring them in or skip it altogether.

Put a few indoor lights (in various rooms) on timers. Don’t use just one light; it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not home. And don’t have the lights all go on and off at the same time. Try to set them up so they switch on and off at the same times that you would switch them on/off when you are home.

Put outdoor lights on timers, too. Or hook them up with light sensors so they’ll go on at dusk and off at dawn.

Put your radio or TV on a timer so that there is noise in your home now and then. If you have a home phone, turn off the ringer so that thieves won’t hear your phone ring, and ring, and ring…


Winter Home Fire Safety Tips

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

fire-safety-tips-candlesWinter Home Fire Safety

by Robert Holt

During the winter, we are all trying to stay warm and decorate for the holidays. The pace becomes ever more hectic while we complete our holiday shopping and hurriedly put up our favorite holiday decorations. All the while, we expect electrical and heating systems to work without a hitch, and without emitting any carbon monoxide or fires. There are some basic steps you can take to help ensure your home is free from fires this winter.

Begin by taking care of your equipment. Have a licensed heating and air conditioning service company complete a full inspection and service of the heating systems where you live. If you’re in an apartment building, ask the building manager or landlord if an inspection is scheduled (even though it’s someone else’s property, you’re the one who will get cold if it fails some dark night. If you own a space heater, now is the time to service it as well. If a space heater is leaking exhaust or it won’t shut off automatically, then it is just as deadly as a malfunctioning furnace. Don’t wait until your furnace goes out to check the space heater!

christmas-tree-fireplace-safetyThis is also the time to have a certified chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney. Always use a fireplace screen, and if children are around, be sure to use a child-guard screen. Remove ashes from the fireplace or indoor stove in a covered, metal container and deposit them in a non-combustible area at least three feet from anything that is combustible. Burn only seasoned, dry wood in either so there isn’t a pitch or sap buildup in the chimney (a big cause of chimney fires).