Intro to Environmental Safety
Your home is your haven and as such, making the environment as safe as possible is important. There are easy ways to safeguard your home in cases ranging from accidents to burglary. Here are some recommendations you can implement right away:
- Do not leave electrical problems unattended. If you notice slight fluctuations, address their cause right away. Switch off electrical appliances, such as a stove or hotplate, right after use.
- When it comes to safety, there are many easy-to-install surveillance camera options. These are especially useful in a household with young children.
- To avoid slips and falls in your home, keep all areas well lit. Areas such as stairs, foyers, and the backyard can be tricky for anyone to maneuver through in the dark.
- Test out your smoke alarms on a monthly basis. Although it sounds extreme, you may even want to create and practice an emergency fire escape plan with your roommates or family.
- If you have children in your household, keep all medications out of their reach – perhaps in a locked cabinet.
- Invest in double glazed or toughed glass windows. They are harder to break through in the case of potential burglaries.
- Use motion-activated lighting around your home to scare off burglars who may try to get in from your garage or backyard.
- Lock your doors when you are inside or doing chores around the house.
- When working in the yard, patio, or near the pool, remove all power tools and other potentially dangerous equipment.
- Get to know your neighbors and exchange numbers. They may be the key to a safer home should they notice any strangers lingering while you are out.
- Even if you don’t have a dog, you may want to post a sign that says “Beware of Dog.” It will make anyone think twice about entering into your property!