Home ownership seems to come with an unending list of “to-dos” that take seemingly forever to get around to. However, there are some “to-dos” in and around your home that you should move to the top of the priority list. We’ve compiled a list of some home safety items to check for around your house. Of course this list isn’t fully comprehensive, but it is a great place to start to help ensure a safe summer around your home.
- Examine your outside vents. They should be properly sealed and clear of obstruction to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in the house.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors – there should be at least one on each floor of the house covering all sleeping areas.
- Test your smoke alarms and demonstrate the sounds of each detector so your family members know the differences.
- Make sure you have accessible fire extinguishers on each floor and check existing extinguishers to make sure they are within the suggested schedule of the manufacturer.
- If you’re heading on a summer vacation, be sure to keep your house looking lived-in while you’re away. You can do this by leaving a car visible and installing timers for selected lights.
- Make sure your house number is visible from the street in case an emergency vehicle needs to look for it.
- It’s rainy season, so make sure that your sump pump is operating properly and has a battery backup on it. It’s a common occurrence for there to be water issues at the same time a storm knocks out the power to your home.