Home Safety Tips

Safety tips that could save your home and family.

We have all been exposed to a number of common safety tips through the years.

These are always good reminders of how to keep our loved ones safe.

We like to be different – and have compiled a list of what we feel are uncommon, but extremely helpful safety tips to add to your arsenal.

  • Unplug electrical devices if they are not being used. Professional firefighters will tell you that many home fires are caused by toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, hair dryers, curling irons, etc. being left plugged in while not in use.
  • Never exceed light bulb wattage limits in lamps and appliances, as this could cause fires.
  • Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for dust and lint build up that can hinder sensors. Change the batteries while you’re there.
  • Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries. Attempting to recharge non-rechargeable batteries could cause the batteries to explode.
  • If possible, install a locked mailbox at your home and never put outgoing mail containing personal information in an unsecured out-box or in your mailbox for pick up.
  • To help prevent tipping off burglars, if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, set your phone ringer to the lowest volume.
  • Never leave notes on your door for service people or visitors when you are not home. It’s a signal to burglars that the home is empty.
  • When you’re leaving for more than a couple of days, submit a request online to stop your mail delivery until you get back, at https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/ .
  • A pile of yellowing newspapers on the doorstep is a movie cliché for a home that’s unoccupied. Stopping the newspaper when you leave town for a while is an easy detail to forget and one that will make you a sure target. You can place a vacation stop on your newspaper deliveries online as well.
  • Never make a post on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter that you’re leaving for vacation. Wait until returning to post those wonderful vacation photos.
  • Turning off your automatic garage door opener while you’re gone is an effective way to keep it from opening accidentally and will prevent thieves from opening it with a universal remote.
  • Avoid cross contamination. Wash your hands every time before coming into contact with food. Wash hands/utensils after handling raw meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water to wash, and paper towels or clean cloth towels to dry your hands. Research has proven that frequent hand washing is the most effective way to prevent food-borne illnesses.
  • Use wooden cutting boards. Wood has natural anti-microbial properties and can be safer than plastic cutting boards.
  • Store medicines and vitamins up and away, out of reach and out of sight of young children. Find a place in your home that is too high for children to reach or see. Walk around your house and decide on the safest place to keep your medicines and vitamins.
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels.

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