Home Safety & Smoke Alarm Tips

It has been reported that thousands of death cases and millions of medical visits in each year are results of home-related accidents and injuries.

This is among the major reasons why home safety should become everyone’s main concern.

The problem is that sometimes, many people are thinking that home safety products and devices are enough to ensure that they will be ready for any coming emergency.

Owning such items are good but you must remember that home safety does not only involve purchasing the necessary gadgets, but starting lifestyle changes as well.

To illustrate this point, do you know that 97 percent of homes in the US have a smoke detector in their house but only 19 percent of them have really tested the alarm at least quarterly?

You may ask, what is the problem about not testing the smoke alarm regularly? Untested tools prove to be useless in times of emergency if they won’t work!

Seeing the small alarm on your ceiling gives you a sense of security and makes you confident of your home safety. However, if the battery has died out or the detector has malfunctioned for whatever reason, it will be useless to you in cases of fire.

Although you have the home safety product installed in your house, not having the habit of checking it regularly could defeat its purpose.

The practice of home safety is like building up your physique. It’s not enough to purchase an exercise machine – you have to regularly use it too!

Some people make the mistake of assuming home safety without making actual plans, and then they are shocked when something happens to them. To ensure home safety, here are some practical steps you can apply:

  1. Smoke test alarms should be tested by pushing the button repeatedly until you hear a loud noise. Make sure that all smoke alarms are connected in such a way that if one goes off, the rest would go off as well. Put new batteries yearly and replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  2. Install smoke alarms in every floor of your house. Always make sure that there is an alarm near every sleeping area, and that everyone can wake up to the sound of the smoke alarm. Home safety during a fire depends on early warning and swift evacuation.
  3. Create an emergency fire escape plan with your family, and clearly identify with everyone your home’s possible exits such as backdoors and windows. These points of exit must be easily opened from the inside. Remember also that home safety during a fire is highly reliant on being able to evacuate quickly. Assign someone to every handicapped person or child in your house who may need assistance in getting out.
  4. After making a fire escape plan, have a fire drill done at least once in a year. It’s a great thing if you have an accurately written plan, but it’s entirely another thing to actually make the plan work. Set an area outside your house where everyone should meet after an evacuation. Remind everyone that under no circumstance should they return to the burning house to get anything such as their valuables.
  5. Keep all those household chemicals, medicines and other cleaning products in their original packaging with the labels on. Make sure that they are inaccessible to children by placing them inside locked cabinets.
  6. Make sure that everyone knows where the first-aid kit is located, and make certain that this is always completely stacked with all the necessary medical supplies.
  7. A list of important numbers should always be kept or placed near your telephone.
  8. Make sure of your home safety regarding accidental drowning by keeping the gate to your backyard swimming pool locked at all times. Never leave children alone with water whether in buckets, wading pools, or bath tubs.
  9. Put on and off switches at the top and bottom of the stairs in your house. Ensure that all stairways have handrails no matter how short they may be. Keep them clean of clutter as tripping over an object while climbing the stairs is the most common reason for falling accidents in the house.
  10. If there are young children who live in your home, it is best to install safety gates both at the top and bottom of each stairway to prevent them from wandering off the stairs.

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