You’ve just moved into that double story home you’ve always wanted, but do you know how to stay safe in your new house? The following are some very simple things you as new home owners should keep in mind when living in a home with two or more floors.
Things New Home Owners Should Know Include:
Install A Security System
A security system is a great way to keep your home safe. It can deter burglars and help you keep track of who is coming and going.
Ensure that the lights work every time before using them; use bulbs of correct wattage instead of CFLs or other light options, which may lead to overheating. Unplug electrical appliances if they are not in use.
Put Up Fencing Around Your Property
If you’re new home owners and have kids, it’s important to put up fencing around your property so they can’t wander off. Fencing can also help keep burglars out.
Install Smoke Detectors And Carbon Monoxide Detectors
These detectors can help save your life in the event of a fire or gas leak. Make sure to test them regularly to ensure they are working.
Store Flammable Products Away From Heat Sources
Keep anything that can burst into flames away from heating and air conditioning vents, fires, and other heat sources, so there is no risk of it catching fire. Gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol and bleach should all be kept in a cool and dry place away from the rest of the house.
Stay On Top Of Home Repairs Before They Become Serious Problems
At the first sign of trouble with your roof or windows, call a professional to come out and take a look at what’s going on. You need to call on support as new home owners. They can determine how urgent the situation is as well as provide you with suggestions for repairing the damage yourself or hiring someone to fix it. Putting off repairs can lead to bigger and more expensive problems down the road.
Most accidents happen around the house – not out on the roads, so it’s important to take extra precautions while walking up and down stairs (especially at night). If your home has a lift installed, ensure that your lift is regularly inspected for any lift repairs. Also, make sure there is proper lighting installed at all times.
Avoid carrying anything too heavy, which would make climbing stairs difficult – if possible, do not carry items with both hands while using the staircase or lift (if available).
Teach Your Kids About Stranger Danger
It’s vital to teach your kids about stranger danger and what to do if a stranger approaches them. Teach them to never go anywhere with a stranger, no matter what they say, and to scream and run away if someone tries to grab them.
Be very aware of your surroundings while entering or exiting your dwelling. The door should be locked behind you every time you enter or exit the house, even if you are just popping out to get bread from the store down the street.
Create A Fire Escape Plan
In the event of a fire, you need to have a plan in place for getting out of the house safely. Make sure all of your family members know how to get out of the house in case of an emergency. Practice your escape plan regularly, so everyone knows what to do when it matters most.