June is National Safety Month, and that means it’s a great time to make the changes and repairs around your home that have been overlooked or forgotten. Create a safe environment for your entire family in just a day’s work and sleep soundly knowing you’ve taken steps to ensure the protection of your loved ones.
· Keep outdoor walkways in good condition, free from debris and clutter. Leaves can become slick in rain, so clearing them from paths and driveways can prevent a fall. Picking up toys, sticks, and rocks can also help prevent trips and falls. Also check for cracks and holes large enough to be tripping hazards and fill as needed.
· Ensure all paths, walkways, and steps are well-lit to prevent accidents, as well. Paths that extend beyond the house can often be dark, but adding path lights not only help guide you the right way but can also be great decorative accents that add curb appeal.
· Use proper ladders and step ladders when reaching for high places. Ensure they are locked, steady, and will get you high enough without stepping on the top step, as that can cause imbalance and tipping.
· Place fire extinguishers in various spots around your home will help you quickly fight small fires that may occur. Having one at least on every floor and additional key spots like the kitchen, laundry room, and garage will help you fight the fire fast without needing to run around the house trying to find the fire extinguisher. Routinely check the pressure gauge and replace if any part of the unit appears cracked or damaged, as this could reduce effectiveness or make the unit nonfunctional.
· Install carbon monoxide detectors in key areas in your home – at least one on every floor and another near your HVAC unit. CO is undetectable and leaks in your home can cause headaches and even fatality if left unmonitored. CO detectors act just like smoke detectors, letting you know if there’s CO in the air and sounding an alarm so you can exit your home immediately.
· Test all of your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. It can always be a good idea to change the batteries in all units if you can’t remember the last time they’ve been changed. Changing batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will help you keep track of when they are due to have batteries replaced again.
· Store all hazardous materials out of reach of children and pets. Locking cleaning supplies and chemicals in childproof cabinets prevents ingestion and accidents. Keep lawn care and automotive supplies on shelves or in locked cabinets in a garage or shed. Windshield washer fluid is especially dangerous for dogs – it has a sweet taste they like but is often fatal when ingested. By storing supplies out of reach of children and pets, you can easily avoid accidents.
Inspecting your house on a routine basis for safety concerns helps protect your family every day. Proper maintenance and due diligence will prevent injury and accidents. Let June and National Safety Month be an opportunity to take action to keep your home safe all year round. For supplies, information, and more tips on how you can keep your family safe around the home, come on in and talk to a Friedman’s expert today!