We live our lives each day not expecting an emergency situation but hopefully being prepared in case something arises. When you really think about it, your home is probably fully stocked with safety measures that are tucked away in the back of your mind. With the start of a new year, it’s recommended to do a safety check of your home. This will make sure you are prepared for any type of emergency. Here are some important safety components you should check this month:
Inspect the Locks and Windows
Chances are, your windows have been shut all season so far. But have they been properly locked? It’s easy to forget to lock a window or leave a back door or patio door unlocked by accident. Take some time to go around your home and make sure all the door locks and window locks are functioning properly and are in use. Not only will this make spring-cleaning easier, (imagine, when the weather turns warmer you can throw open the windows without a second thought!) but it will also give you peace of mind knowing your home is secure.
Replenish Your First-Aid Kit
First-aid kits are tricky. If you see the container under your sink or in your medicine cabinet, your brain may think that it’s fully stocked and ready to go. You may not remember taking out bandages or gauze after your last home DIY mishap or sports-related incident. Checking the first-aid kit to make sure it’s fully stocked with items that are not expired will ensure that you’re ready for anything.
Test Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is an important step because smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have life or death consequences. Most of these units come with handy “test” buttons that allow you to quickly and efficiently make sure they are working correctly. Test all your alarms and detectors to keep your family protected in case of a fire or carbon monoxide leak.
Inspect Your Furnace
One of the biggest hazards in a home is an inefficient or unsafe furnace. Take a quick look at your unit and watch out for a yellow flickering pilot light or soot build-up around the system. This indicates the production of excess carbon monoxide and should be repaired by a professional right away.
Double Check Electrical Components and Wiring
This step is vital, especially if you have pets that are prone to chew on cables or wires. Double-check your electrical wiring and electric components to make sure none of the cables or wires are damaged or frayed. These types of wires present a serious fire hazard in your home.
Make Sure You’re Ready for Potential Power Outages
Power outages are inconvenient and dangerous depending on the time of year they occur and how long the power is out for. Be prepared by stocking up on canned goods and batteries for flashlights. Other power outage considerations to take include making sure the backup battery on your sump pump is working and if you have a generator, making sure it’s ready to work when you need it most.
Keeping your family safe from hazards around the home is vital. Take these precautionary steps to ensure your health and safety throughout the entire year. For more tips and tricks on how to make your Ridgewood, NJ home safe this year, call Tarvin Realtors at (201) 444-0690.