50 Home Safety Tips

50 Home Safety Tips

All of us want to protect those who visit our home and also feel safe ourselves. It’s important to take the time to implement home safety measures especially when you have children in your home.

Here are some shocking statistics about home safety as well as 50 tips to help you better protect your home, broken down into categories. This post begins with tips on how to keep your children safe at home. This post's second section discusses the physical safety measures which can be put into place. The third section of this post discusses other general safety measures that you should consider in your home. The last eight tips are devoted to information about personal preparedness.

Three relevant safety statistics for home safety

First, let’s start with some eye opening statistics about burglaries, home fires and home injuries in the United States. If you’re in the market to buy a home, you should really be aware of these numbers.

Burglaries: In 2019, there were approximately 1.1 million burglaries in the United States. (FBI)

Children killed or injured in the home - Each year, 12,000 children and adolescents die of unintentional injuries. (CDC)

Home fires: In the United States, there are more than 350,000 fires in homes each year. (NFPA)

17 Tips for Keeping Children Safe at Home

The following tips focus on protecting your children in your home.  

Get rid of items that are hazardous to children

1. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. According to the NFPA children are the main cause of home fires. Store all lighters, matches and candles out of reach of your children..

2. Dispose of chemicals that are unused or have been opened. Open cleaners, oils and other chemicals left on the garage floor, in cabinets or in the back yard can be dangerous to curious children. Make sure to store these items where children cannot reach them.

3. Reduce the number of small items in your home. Children are curious and like to put things in their mouths. Get rid of all unnecessary small items and keep the rest out of reach of children.

4. Plastic bags should be tied up and disposed of immediately. Plastic bags, like small objects, are a choking risk for children so make sure to either toss them or store them out of reach of the children.

5. Remove or secure the blinds' strings. These strings can be a choking hazard for children.

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Safeguard Hazards by locking down Objects

6. Install lockable fencing around your pool. Each year, hundreds of children drown in hot tubs and pools across the United States.

7. Children should find it hard to reach elevated surfaces. Give a child the opportunity to climb a stepladder and he'll do it. It's the same for anything else that will get him to a higher place. 

8. Gun safes offer the best option for locking guns. If there is no gun safe at home, trigger locks are a good alternative.

9. Lock up all chemicals and cleaners in a shed, or under the sink to prevent children from accessing them. 

10. Lock away all medications and supplements. If children are able to get their hands on medications, they can suffer an accidental overdose.

11. Stop large items such as TVs and furniture from falling over. The injuries and deaths caused by these objects falling over are shocking. Use a product like furniture ties to securely fix TVs or furniture.

12. Children cannot be held in by screens. The screens can cause children to fall out of the window. If you install any guards, make sure they can be easily removed in case of fire.

13. Install outlet plug covers. Outlet covers can be a cost-effective way to prevent children from putting their fingers or other objects into an electrical outlet.

14. Use edge protectors to protect sharp edges on furniture. Kids like to run around and fall. Sadly, this can lead to bumps and bruises when they run into things in the house.

Watching children to protect them from serious injury

15. Children should not be left alone with dogs. Over 50% of dog bite victims are children, according to the CDC.

16. Never leave a child alone in the kitchen. There are so many hazards, such as heavy tabletop appliances or sharp objects like knives. Even stepping out of the kitchen to make a meal for a few seconds can cause an injury, such as burns on the stovetop.

17. Don’t leave children unsupervised outdoors. There are many ways for children to hurt themselves, even if your backyard is fenced in.

10 Tips for Physical Home Security and Security Products

Today, there are many different home security products available on the market. With the power of the internet and cheaper technology, many people are able to install great security features at their home over the weekend. Even though Raleigh is a safe place to live, home security should always be taken seriously.

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1. Install a smart-doorbell. The options for home security are constantly expanding. You can add an extra layer of protection to your home by using video options, such as Ring.

2. Install locks on your windows. If your windows do not have locks or if the original ones are broken, you can use aftermarket locks.

3. Install a deadbolt to your doors. Do you depend on your door knob to keep out intruders? This is a big mistake. Spend a little money and time to install a deadbolt on your door.

4. Buy a delivery box protection system. Every year, millions of packages get stolen from porches. A doorbell camera may help identify the culprit, but it will not stop theft. Secure delivery boxes can help secure your packages.

5. Install motion-activated lighting. You can choose from a variety of motion-activated lights. These lights can be used to deter people from entering your property, or they can alert you if someone is already there.

6. Install a home surveillance system or cameras. You have many options for installing a home security system outside of ADT or other large companies. Many people install security systems themselves using products purchased from Amazon and other online stores.

7. Add window sensors. Window sensors let you know when someone opens your window. 

8. Install a smoke detector. It's home safety 101. But many homes still don't have smoke alarms and fire alarms installed where they are needed. NFPA reports homes without smoke detectors have twice as many victims.

9. Install a carbon-monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer. Carbon monoxide detection may be your only way to save yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning.

10. Place a piece of wood in the section of the track that is open to add an extra layer of security. This can prevent anyone from breaking into your home.

15 other safety measures for around the house

The last set of tips and actions are not included in the categories listed above, but they're still important. These are all decisions that many people make, which can lead to a bad situation happening to them or to not being prepared in the event of a disaster.

key under the mat

1. Do not, for the love of all that is holy, hide a spare-key under the welcome mat. You should be careful where you hide your spare key. 

2. Remove stickers with family names or any other identifying details. Stick family stickers placed on cars tell strangers how many people live in the home and what their dog's name is. This information is useful for someone who wants to break into a house.

3. Empty boxes of expensive items should not be left outside. The boxes can give thieves hints about what is inside your house.

4. Hide valuables. Never leave valuables on display.

5. Limit the information that you post on Facebook. It may seem harmless to let your family know on Facebook that you are leaving for vacation, but it could also alert a potential burglar.

6. Avoid letting your mail pile up while you are on vacation. Letting your mail pile up let’s everyone know that you're out of town.

7. Don't leave valuables in your car. Don't give anyone a reason for breaking into your car or even your home.

8. Never allow anyone else to duplicate your spare key. Don’t leave a spare key for someone you don't know or a maintenance worker.

9. Keep an emergency kit in your home. The contents of emergency kits can vary, but it is important to have one on hand. Google will provide you with a wide range of choices.

10. Buy a generator. Generators are a lifesaver if the power is out for a long time. Speak to a professional about the type of generator that you need and its limitations.

11. Keep an extinguisher at home. Fires can start anywhere, but they are most likely to occur in the kitchen. If you don't have a large extinguisher, such as a 5-pound ABC extinguisher, make sure to get a 2.5lb ABC. 

12. Add fake safety signs, stickers or fake cameras to your home. Consider buying stickers or signs that say you own a security camera. Today, there are many options available for cheap fake cameras.

13. You should not tell anyone about the prescription medications you may be taking. It sounds silly, right? Why would you do this? Telling people that your wife has just had her wisdom teeth removed may cause the wrong person to enter your home in order to access the pain medication she was likely prescribed. The opioid epidemic is affecting many people, including people you may know.

14. Keep your garage door closed. Leaving your garage door open allows would-be burglars to easily see what's in your garage and to slip into the garage.

15. Test your water. Know where your water is coming from. When was the last test done on your water? Do you know the location of the test results if it's city water?
What is the information about the water you consume?

What you can learn from this information

Most of these safety measures are easy to complete in a single weekend. Don't live in fear for all the negative things that could happen to you. Take action to eliminate dangers and to prepare for an emergency.

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