While it might be alluring to ignore the possibility of a fire, break-in, or other disaster striking your home, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. Make sure you’re prepared for anything by stocking your home with these 15 security essentials you may not have—or even realize you require.
Also, make sure they work! Every home should have one smoke alarm on each floor, as well as one outside each room. When you move the timekeepers back for sunshine investment funds in the fall and spring, change the batteries. Try them every month to make sure that they are in good working order, and after ten years. They should all be replaced to ensure that they will function properly in the event of a fire.
When it comes to a fire stepping stool, it’s critical to have a departure or crisis plan that’s been discussed with and understood by all family members if you need to flee the house quickly due to a fire or other disaster. Make a written note of it and practice!
First aid kit
Keep a medical aid kit on hand — hopefully, you’ll never need it! You can either buy a pre-made pack or design your own. Make sure you have the following things on hand, and periodically check everything and replace what has worn out:
- First aid manual
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Safety pins
- Antibiotic ointment
- Saline drops
- Latex gloves
- Needle (for splinters)
Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters
GFCIs cut off the “juice” before it may cause you harm. Although GFCIs are standard in most new homes, older ones may not have them. You can buy modular or flexible GFCIs for approximately $12-$30 each or replace the source for $9-$13. Use them all over the house, but especially in the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry.
Keep flashlights where you can quickly get them in the event of blackouts or extreme weather. Consistently test them. Keep extra batteries on hand, so you don’t have to fumble about aimlessly in an emergency.
This may seem absurd, but a safe will protect important documents and assets not only against theft but also from fire and water if your property is damaged. Try not to believe you have something significant. It would not be easy to replace your house deed, birth certificates, marriage certificates, automobile titles, family photographs, and so on!
Posted Emergency Phone Numbers
Your emergency contact list should include the local police, local fire departments, and your doctor. Include the number of friends or family members, as well as the number for your local toxic substance control centre. The American Association of Poison Control Centers has established a toll-free number that anyone can call to reach their local poison control centre. Post your list next to each phone in the house.
Apparatuses that use gas or electricity should have a qualified testing association’s seal of approval, such as Underwriters Laboratories, the Canadian Standards Association, or the American Gas Association.
Cover unused plugs with security covers to protect any children in the house and protect everyone from accidental electrical shock. At Icon Building Group, we value the manufacturer-customer relationship. Each family for whom we build homes becomes a member of the Icon Family. Thus, we must keep everyone safe from harm.
Fire-Safe Window Guards/Safety Glazing
Every year, children are killed or seriously injured when they fall out of windows. Try not to rely on screens to save you from falling; they’re only there to keep messes out. Place furniture or mattresses away from windows where children can climb. When not in use, keep windows closed. If you employ window monitors, make sure they have a delivery instrument opened in an emergency. Assist your local fire department in determining the best position for them. Children should also practice opening the window in their room to understand how to escape through a window. You may also need to purchase an emergency escape stepping stool for each upper-story room. Security frosting prevents windows from shattering into fragments. When the glass structures are broken, all other factors being equal, the pellets are safe. Look for a permanent imprint in the lower corner that includes the manufacturer’s name, the type of wellness glass, and the thickness.
Replace your entryway’s traditional deadbolt with a smart lock like the Yale Assure Lock SL. With its touchscreen cushion, you no longer have to worry about losing your keys or hiding them in the window box for visitors. You may also use the app to control access to your house by locking, unlocking, and changing various settings. Furthermore, its Door Sense feature alerts you if your doorway is open or closed for added peace of mind.
Although we all pray, we will never have to deal with the devastation and tragedy that a house fire can cause, be prepared. A crisis stepping stool could save your life if the unthinkable happens. Consider buying a multistorey model and keeping it in a suitable location so that you or your family will want to flee the house quickly and safely in the event of a fire.