Safety around the home is something all homeowners should be aware of, and any steps that can be taken to improve safety are almost certainly good steps to take. Of course, most homeowners must also be concerned with the expense of any such improvements, so it is wise to look for ways to upgrade safety that can be done without the help of professional installers. Fortunately, there are many such things that can be done.
Window Well Covers
If you have basement windows that are nested in wells, then window well covers are a good place to start. Open window wells can not only collect snow, leaves and other debris, but can also be a source of injuries to children, pets and the occasional adult who may not be paying proper attention when doing yard work. Window well covers also make it more difficult for criminals to use basement windows as an access point to your home.
Another step that can be taken to protect your home from criminals is installing outdoor lighting. Motion sensor lights can be purchased that are solar powered and require no wiring. Placing these so that anyone approaching the home will find themselves bathed in light will also help those who are legitimate visitors to the home avoid any obstacles that may be in their path.
Organize with Shelving
Avoiding obstacles in the home is another key to safety. One way to make this happen is to remove as many obstacles possible. This can be done by installing shelving systems
. With adequate shelving, items can all have their own place and not be left in areas where they might cause injury. Shelving systems are easy to install and most homeowners will find their benefits far outweigh the cost and effort.
Smoke detectors are another way to improve home safety. If your home does not have them or if it has too few, installation is very easy and could save lives in case of a fire. If you use any type of solid or liquid fuel in your home for cooking, heating or any other purpose, you should also install carbon monoxide detectors. These can also save lives by warning of this deadly gas and are also very simple to install. Once installed, be sure all detection devices always have fresh batteries.
Grab bars for the Bathroom
Statistically speaking, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home accounting for more emergency room visits than any other household hazard. The most common injury in the bathroom is slipping in or around the bathroom or shower. Fortunately, this is an area where safety can be greatly improved simply by installing grab bars
. Installing is as easy as drilling a hole and screwing the grab bar into the wall.
These are just some of the quick and easy improvements a homeowner can make to increase safety in their home and ensure the well-being of family and friends. These beneficial changes will also increase the value of your home should you ever decide to sell. most importantly, however, safety and security can make your house even more of a home for those you love.
Thanks to our guest blogger for the helpful tips on home safety.
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