These Tools Can Increase Home Safety

Whether you’re a home owner or renting, having these tools in your home can greatly increase your home safety.

  • Smoke alarmsa 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 alarmscarbon 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 coversrestrict 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!