Whether you’re a home owner or renting, having these tools in your home can greatly increase your home safety.
- Smoke alarms – a smoke detector with an audible alarm is one of the most important home safety tools. Some companies are even developing smoke detectors that use the recorded voice of a parent as an alert. Some studies have shown that young children can sleep through even the loudest alarm.
- Carbon monoxide alarms – carbon monoxide can be hazardous and potentially life-threatening. Burning fuel, operating a portable generator, charcoal grill, gas water heater, gas range, or oven can increase the level of carbon monoxide in the home. A malfunctioning or improperly used appliance can result in life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide.
- Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) – these will limit the risk of severe or fatal electric shock. GFCIs should be used in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, and outdoors, specifically in areas where water could be present.
- Electrical outlet safety covers – restrict access to electrical outlets, thus reducing the risk of electrocution. To protect children, they should be installed firmly so they cannot be removed, and large enough not to pose a choking hazard.
- Automatic garage door auto reverse function – this feature prevents against entrapment under the door.
- Decals for glass doors – Decals are weather- resistant and will not be damaged by cleaning. Installing vinyl door decals ensure that people recognize the sheet of glass, helping to avoid accidents and collisions.
This is just a short list of possible safety items you could consider having in your home or rental. Can you think of any other precautions? Leave your ideas in the comments section!