How Safe Is Your Home?

Do you think that your home is safe? While it’s impossible to completely eradicate the risk of accidents occurring in the home (especially if you have children or pets!) there are plenty of steps that you can take to make your home a safer environment for you and your family.

Of course, safety is always a top priority, so without further ado, here are some top tips to help you ensure that your home is as safe as it can possibly be.

Damp

No one likes damp – but when it gains a foothold in your home, it can be extremely difficult to shift. Mild condensation should be easy enough to overcome, but more severe cases of damp have the potential to lead to more serious health concerns, so it’s important to address the issue as soon as you notice it. Of course, prevention is always the best course of action, so follow this handy damp prevention checklist to minimise the risk of damp occurring within your property.

How Safe Is Your Home?

Security

There are many different meanings of safety, and security is another important factor to keep in mind. After all, the last thing you want is to become a victim of a burglary, so it’s important to ensure your family, your home and your belongings are as safe as possible. Make sure to close and lock windows and doors at night and when you leave the house. Timed indoor lights are also a great investment for when you are out late at night or away on holiday. Lastly, personal security lights and cameras can make a great deterrent to would-be thieves.

Fire

Losing your home to fire almost doesn’t bear thinking about, but it’s vital to take the necessary precautions to protect your property and everything in it. It’s essential to have at least one working smoke alarm in your home – preferably more – and these should be tested regularly to ensure they are working as they should. As a side note, carbon monoxide alarms are also highly useful ways to detect this odourless, colourless, but potentially deadly gas. It’s also recommended to regularly get your boiler serviced and repair or replace any faulty appliances as soon as possible.

Trips

A tidy home leads to a tidy mind, but sometimes, the chores can get overlooked in our busy lives! However, cluttered floors can lead to potential trip hazards and the risk of injury – especially if you have young children. It’s also vital to keep stairs clear and free from clutter at all times, as what would otherwise be a small trip elsewhere has the potential to be much worse on a staircase. If your household is a particularly messy one, it’s a good idea to spend ten minutes each day simply tidying away stray toys, shoes, bags, and belongings to make a safer environment for everyone.

How Safe Is Your Home?

Online

Last but certainly not least, in today’s increasingly digital world, safety is no longer just limited to minimising physical risks. While the online world is a wonder, it can also bring its own set of threats and dangers to be aware of – which are particularly important if you have children who are accessing the internet independently. Online safety tips include keeping your personal information and bank details private, choosing strong, encrypted passwords, and only accessing the internet via a secure connection. You can find more information about helping kids stay safe online here.

By following these steps, you should hopefully be actively working to minimise the risk of some of the more commonplace accidents and health risks associated with the home environment. Here’s to a safer, healthier home!


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