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10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe



  1. Create a home escape plan, so everyone knows what to do in case of fire or other forced evacuation.
  2. Test your smoke alarms. If batteries are more than six months old, replace them. Simply mark your calendars to do this twice a year.
  3. Compile a list of emergency contact numbers and keep a copy by each phone in your home. Don’t forget to put the ICE Numbers in your cell phones.
  4. Clear weather hazards like blocked down spouts and slippery surfaces. Ensure outdoor lighting is working.
  5. Put it out of reach – from meds to workshop tools; move sharp items out of harm’s way and put dangerous stuff under lock and key.
  6. Repair loose fittings like carpet, cabinet doors, and power outlets, and secure power leads to table lamps and other appliances.
  7. Make sure your tetanus inoculations are up to date; ensure you’ve had a flu shot, and schedule a routine health check for all adults over 60.
  8. Schedule a health safety check for your car too. Ask your local repair shop to check lights, brakes, tires, wipers, and don’t forget your oil and coolant!
  9. Deep-clean bathrooms, kitchen work surfaces and refrigerators to remove harmful bacteria.
  10. Take care removing and storing your holiday decorations. When using a ladder, you should have three limbs in contact with the rungs at all times.

Of course, safety should be a year-round issue for you and your family – and, as ever, we’ll do our best to help you!


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