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Simple Ways to Make Your Home Safer

In your own home, safety should be a priority and should be regarded as a valuable element of your family’s life. Whether you live in an apartment or a stand-alone home, there are safety precautions you should take to keep things safe for you and your loved ones. Luckily, safety doesn’t have to be tough. Follow the tips that we have gathered here at the Columbus local movers and you will have peace of mind knowing your home and family are safe.

Keep your safety monitoring tools up-to-date. Just because you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors does not mean that you are set for life. These machines, like other common machines, need battery replacements and maintenance tests and checks over time. When your smoke alarm is working, it can be a valuable tool in making sure you escape a fire—when it isn’t working, however, it can’t help you.

Replace old batteries regularly. Did you know that the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 1/3 of residential smoke alarms currently don’t work? Change your batteries on a routine, like every February and September. Batteries are a small and extremely worthwhile investment in keeping your family safe.

Swap out old smoke alarms. Like other machinery, smoke alarms get updated and become increasingly efficient over time. The recommended span for changing out alarms is every 10 years, and when you replace your model make sure you are getting a dual sensor alarm (ionization and photoelectric sensors), because they each have the ability to suspect different types of flames quicker.

Aside from fire and carbon monoxide, another very real threat is one of outside intruders breaking in. Having a home security system can be a strong deterrent for keeping criminals at bay. In addition to the alarm, there are some simple rules to remember: use deadbolts on doors and locks on windows, install motion sensor lighting outside to deter creepers, consider keyless entry using fingerprint identity to gain access to the home.

Another potential threat to your safety is in the weather. Have a plan of action for your family so that everyone knows what to do in an emergency. Prepare a weather emergency kit and have several essential on hand in case you lose power or are stranded at home for a few days. Make sure to include:

Flashlight (and extra batteries)

Portable power for your electronics

Emergency radio

Walkie Talkies

Bottled water

Dry goods

Canned foods

Personal items to pass the time, such as a deck of cards or a board game