Moving into a new home or just making sure your current home is as safe as possible can be easy. All you have to do is know what to look out for and we have put together a comprehensive home safety checklist to help you out.
- Start at the kitchen
The kitchen is the second busiest place in the home as it sees a lot of foot traffic. It’s a hub of appliances both large and small, water sources, and so on. For your home safety checklist, you want to make sure;
- You inspect all the appliances for faults, damage, safety hazards, and functionality. Test run your appliances from time to time.
- Clean coils and vents to prevent dust buildup and fire hazards.
- Keep your family’s water clean and fresh by checking water filters.
- Check that the circuits for your kitchen are not overloaded. An overloaded circuit can cause power to trip and even start a fire in the worst case.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy or where everyone can easily access it. Home fires are more common than you think, so it’s important to teach everyone to use the fire extinguisher.
- Install and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These security systems add an extra layer of safety to your home.
- In the basement
Your basement likely gets very little foot traffic, but it’s often home to things like your electrical panel. To see that the basement is covered for safety;
- Know more about your electrical system; how it works, what to do in an emergency, signs of trouble or danger and so on.
- Inspect and clean your HVAC system, water heater, air ducts, and vents. This both ensures safety and helps each system work efficiently and last longer.
- See that any exposed pipes are insulated to prevent damage.
- No rule says the basement should be a dark and creepy place. Add proper lighting to your basement to prevent accidents.
- The bathroom safety checklist
The bathroom in most homes endures a lot of use. In your bathroom, check that;
- The pipes are rust-free with no signs of leakage.
- Test all faucets for proper function and leaks or drips that need to be fixed.
- Know a thing or two about your home’s plumbing system especially the location of the main shut-off valve to stop water from coming in.
- Check that any outlets in the bathroom are properly grounded and well placed.
- Add proper lighting in the bathroom.
- Electrical security
Electricity is connected to almost every room in your home including outdoors. Electrical safety is vital to your home safety checklist. Use these measures to stay protected;
- Baby proof your home by covering unused outlets if you have young children.
- Always check for frayed or damaged wires and repair or replace them when seen.
- Never overload your electrical system. If you need to add an appliance be sure that your system can handle it.
Captain Electric LLC believes in safety first and offers a home safety inspection service for the electrical system in your home. We provide periodic testing and more to your home. Contact us today.