Home New Year Resolutions

The beginning of each year can bring a time for personal ‘new year resolutions.’ But how many of us think in terms of new years resolutions for our homes and living environments?

Thinking of improving your home’s safety should be at the top of the list for any new resolution for your home environment. We all like to think that household accidents are something that happens to others, but realistically they can happen to anyone. There are steps anyone can take to help avoid the avoidable.

As an example; home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires during a typical year, this according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Some helpful hints in avoiding this possibility is to inspect the cords to all home appliances. Replace any cords that are worn, old or damaged.

If you have experienced a short that resulted in a spark at the electrical socket, then replace the appliance cord and wall socket (hire a professional for this). Toddlers have a way of wanting to explore electrical sockets. To avoid shocks, be sure to place plug-in covers in all sockets. Unplug any unused cord and tie up any cord that can be pulled or tripped over by anyone, not just the toddler, but even your pet.

Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors or counters. Make sure any curtains or any other combustible materials are at least three feet away from all heaters or heater outlets.

Check you windows for accessibility in case of a fire. Be sure they can be opened easily and are not nailed or painted shut. Check the release mechanisms on all security window bars or grilles.

Windows can also pose a hazard, especially to children. Be sure that all screens are securely in place and keep any piece of furniture that children can climb on away from any windows that could prove a hazard.

Kevin Hartmann