Now that you've put down roots, it's time to start thinking about seasonal maintenance projects, security upgrades, and general home safety. In this blog post, we'll cover some safety tips you can use to keep your home and family safe during your second year of homeownership. From fire prevention to burglary protection, we've got you covered.
Smoke detectors are a must-have in any home. Your second year of homeownership is a great time to update your smoke detectors if you haven't done so already. Replace the batteries in each detector and make sure they're working correctly. It's also a good idea to test them every six months to ensure they're operational. If you have a multi-story home, consider installing smoke detectors on each level for maximum safety.
While smoke detectors can save lives in case of a fire, it's important to take preventative measures as well. This year, practice fire safety by creating an escape plan. Make sure every occupant knows the plan and has practice drills. Additionally, schedule a professional chimney cleaning and inspection to prevent a potential fire hazard. If you haven't already, a company like Fire Tech Extinguisher Service can help provide you with the necessary fire fighting equipment in your own home. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Your second year of homeownership is also a good time to start thinking about security upgrades. This can include installing motion-sensor lights or surveillance cameras. It's also recommended to install deadbolts on all doors leading outside, use a peephole or camera to identify guests before opening the door, and to be mindful of the information you share publicly (e.g., don't post your vacation plans on social media). These small upgrades can go a long way in deterring burglars and keeping your home safe.
The quality of your home's air has a significant impact on your family's health. Regularly changing your HVAC system's filters, cleaning air vents and ducts, and monitoring humidity levels can keep the air inside your home clean and healthy. Consider investing in an air purifier and/or dehumidifier to improve air quality further. Additionally, radon testing and mitigation may also be necessary for certain areas. Take some time to research if this could be a potential threat to your home depending on where you live. If you are at risk for radon, you can install a radon mitigation system to keep your home safe.
Finally, make sure you're following general home safety tips year-round. This includes being cautious when using appliances, keeping flammable objects away from heat sources, and regularly inspecting your interior and exterior of your home. If any issues arise, address them promptly to prevent potential hazards or costly repairs. It's also a good idea to have emergency contact numbers handy, such as those for the fire department and your utility providers.
Your second year of homeownership is a great opportunity to take practical steps to improve your home's safety and security. Whether it's updating smoke detectors, practicing fire safety, installing security upgrades, improving air quality, or following general home safety tips, you can make your home a safer place for your family. Remember, being proactive about safety can save you money, protect your property, and, most importantly, keep your family safe. Don't wait until it's too late - start implementing these safety tips today!