Each summer, the National Safety Council declares June as Home Safety Month. This year, we’re happy to be celebrating the month by providing tips, tricks and incentives to keep your home and family safe.
The five tips below are essential to any safe home. Start with these, then check back throughout the month of June for more home safety tips that will focus on specific situations at home.
- Install smoke alarms on each floor of your home. If building a new home, think about installing fire sprinklers. Regularly check the batteries and test your alarms.
- Compile a home safety kit (emergency preparedness kit) for your family. Include things like flashlights with extra batteries, blankets, food and water and a battery-powered weather radio. Keep the kit in an easy-accessible place, so you can quickly grab it in case of an emergency.
- Make a plan for what to do if an emergency (like a fire, tornado or earthquake) occurs. For fires, have an escape plan. In case of inclement weather, make sure everyone knows the safest place in your home to go to. Practice the plans often.
- Keep a first aid kit stocked in your home at all times. You never know when an accident can happen.
- Know emergency phone numbers, such as the Police, Fire Department and local Poison Control center. Keep these numbers, as well as a neighbor’s number, nearby (if not taped to) a phone in your home.
Have you taken these steps in your home? What else do you feel are important home safety steps?