Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road Suite 190 | Brentwood, TN 37027
Office: 615.661.4400 | Fax: 615.661.4115
Christina: 615.394.4168 | Darin: 615.456.4086



Home Safety Tips

Your home should ideally be a safe haven. Unfortunately, sometimes injuries or accidents happen in or around the home.  No home can be totally accident proof, but if you take some precautions, you can provide a safer environment for you and your family.

Here are some things you can do to make your home safer:

Watch Out For Falls

Installing non slip stickers and hand rails in the shower can be good ways to keep people from falling in the shower.

Solid handrails on the staircases are important and can help prevent a nasty fall.

Have some pointy corners around the house? Maybe it’s time to put some protective foam (corner guards) on those. These are generally available where children’s products are sold.

Make sure there are plenty of bins to place toys in so they don’t become tripping hazards.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You should also ensure your property has regular testing regarding gas leakages. Have your HVAC system, water heater, and other appliances that use gas, oil, or coal serviced by a professional every year. It’s important to ensure your ventilation system is clean and offering enough air circulation.

Carbon monoxide detectors also come in handy as they can protect residents from air poisoning. Their presence not only raises the alarm but also reminds you that the heater needs a checkup or the chimneys may need to be cleaned.

Fire Prevention

Fire safety plans are essential to the well-being of you and your family. An escape plan is a priority accompanied by having emergency telephone contacts within reach. Members of your family should know two escape routes as well as the exact position of fire extinguishers. More so, they should practice safety drills every three or six months.

You should also familiarize yourself with the different classes of fire extinguishers. Select suitable equipment for your home.

Include smoke detectors/fire alarms in your budget and make sure they are placed throughout the house.

Consider also placing heat detectors in rooms where smoke detectors are not suitable like attics and the laundry room.

Poisoning

All medicine cabinets should have child locks and be kept away from children’s reach.

Keep paint in its original container so kids don’t think it’s a cool energy drink. Also keep it out of reach of children.

Lock up detergent or detergent pods and keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

Keep all household cleaners in a high cupboard away from kids and pets.

Burns

To prevent burns with younger kids, use the back burners when possible. This may help prevent kids from accidently touching a hot stovetop.

Protect your home from a potential fire by adding stove knob covers.

Teach Younger Kids to Use the Phone

Place emergency phone numbers within easy access and let every family member know where they are. If you have small children, put the mobile/telephone contacts within reach and teach them how to operate a telephone. There are many cases where young kids have saved their parents’ lives by calling 911.

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