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Peace Of Mind: 4 Tips To Guarantee Home Safety

Ensuring the well-being of your family is an important aspect of home safety. You want to make sure that you and your family are always as safe as possible. The first step to making sure that is possible is to secure your home. The time and money you commit to it will pay off in greater physical and psychological security.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are so important to home safety that they’re legally required in many places. But their presence doesn’t guarantee they’ll sound a warning. They need to be placed carefully and have working batteries. CO detector batteries run down much faster than smoke detectors, and they should be tested monthly. CO rises and the detectors should be placed at eye level or higher, away from kitchens and bathrooms, and 10 feet or more from any appliance that uses natural gas. Avoid putting the detectors on the ceiling or too high on a wall. They’re easy to ignore when they’re out of sight or are difficult to reach.

Have Professionals Tend to Major Appliances

Maintain your heating and cooling system and the water heater. These appliances use the most energy in the typical home. If they’re neglected, they pose safety hazards. Water heaters can explode and any heating system that uses a combustible fuel poses a CO and fire hazard. When parts inside the furnace or boiler accumulate too much dust, they can cause the components to crack and emit CO and other combustion gases. Safety switches that are failing may not turn the system off if it malfunctions. Overly corroded or dirty electrical components inside both heating and cooling systems can overheat and start fires. Some homes have the indoor air handler unit in the attic where fumes from overheating parts won’t be detected until a fire breaks out.

Home Security

Install a security system for extra security. Whether it’s wired or wireless, a security system, such as those offered by places like Tele-Plus,  can monitor your home and alert you to any problems with intruders and if equipped, smoke and CO detection. Many use Wi-Fi technology and you can view your home’s activity from your phone if the system combines cameras with intrusion alarms.

Outdoor Lighting

Use outdoor lighting to your advantage. Each entry door to your home should have a working light and you may need to illuminate the corners of your yard. If you’re concerned about energy usage, install motion-activated lighting outdoors. A solar, motion-activated light won’t require wiring and costs nothing to run.

It’s easy to take home safety and security for granted, however, it is essential when it comes to taking care of your family now. Installing extra security now may seem like a big investment and a lot of effort, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.

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