Most of us are familiar with the notion of worrying the moment our head hits the pillow at night. Did we turn the oven off? Is the front door locked? Did we close that window downstairs? These doubts are natural. But there are certain aspects of home safety that we really should draw our attention to in order to be able to sleep soundly at night. The good news? Most safety steps are extremely simple to carry out. Here are a few areas to consider for the safest home possible.
Fire is a serious threat to any home. Most start accidentally but can have devastating effects on you, your family and your property. The good news is that being prepared and vigilant can help to minimise the negative effects of fire on your home. First, make sure that your smoke detectors are working to their full capacity. Press and hold the test button. It’s as simple as that. Try to do this at least once a week. You should also look out for warning signs that they might not be working, for example, if you burn toast or other food and the detector doesn’t respond. You can also take other precautions to reduce the chance of fire in the first place. If you have an open fire make sure that it is put completely out well before you go to bed. You should also avoid using real candles or smoking indoors. If a fire does establish itself in your home, remember to get out as soon as possible and immediately contact the local emergency services for help. Don’t attempt to take any belongings along with you; your life is more important than any material possession.
Never Ignore the Smell of Gas
If you ever smell gas in your property, no matter how faint the scent may be, you need to take action. Your safety could be at serious risk, so contact gas plumbers and the relevant authorities immediately. They will be able to give you advice on your situation until they arrive. It is generally best to leave your property, ensuring that any other people and pets are clear of the property too. The source of gas leaks can vary, but they most often emanate from stoves, meters, heaters, ovens, hot water heaters, or BBQs. However, it is best to leave the resolution of this kind of situation to the professionals.
Ensure Your First-Aid Kit is Fully Stocked
Every home should have a first aid kit consisting of the essentials that could come in extremely handy in the case of a minor accident. Every kit should contain plasters in various shapes and sizes, gauze dressings, sterile eye dressings, crepe rolled bandages, triangular bandages, safety pins, sterile disposable gloves, tweezers, scissors, cleansing wipes, sticky tape, a thermometer (preferably digital), hydrocortisone, antiseptic gel or cream, distilled water, and an eyewash and eye bath. If anything is ever used, make sure that is replaced, so your kit is fully stocked at all times.
These two changes to your usual home contents and routine can make all the difference if disaster were to strike. So keep on top of them to be sound in the knowledge of your safety.