Home Safety Tips

If there’s one place you should always feel safe, it’s in your own home. Your home is a place of refuge, privacy, and security for your family. Simple steps such as treating prescription medications with caution, being careful about what you share online, and locking your doors and windows are vital safety precautions. Everyone knows it’s not safe to smoke in bed or fall asleep with candles still burning. Unfortunately, many people don’t think about if their home is safe and how to properly react if a safety hazard does arise:

 
  • Make sure smoke alarms are operable.
  • Know where to shut off the gas.
  • Know where your water shut off valve is.
  • Know how to shut off water flow to the hot water heater.
  • Know where your electrical panel is and how to shut it off.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

The principles are simple to incorporate in your landscape. Increase visibility throughout your yard, limit access to your property, eliminate hiding spots. Plants should be short enough to see over, trees tall enough to deter someone climbing up one and you want to make sure the exterior of your home is well-lit at night.

Childproof Your Home

Did you know that a child is statistically far more likely to experience an accident or a fatality inside his or her own home? Fortunately, these injuries are easily avoided with a little education and prevention.