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Before I became a mom, I never thought about how safe my home was. As long as the doors locked, there was a fire extinguisher, and we had fire alarms I considered it safe. I couldn’t be more wrong. After having kids, I quickly realized how many safety hazards our home had. Electrical outlets, the stove, the washing machine – all pose threats to children.
6 Easy Home Safety Updates Any Mom Can Make
1. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher readily available.
It’s best to keep at least 1 fire extinguisher in your home on every floor level. They should be in a place that is easily accessible in case of an emergency. We keep ours in our laundry room right next to the kitchen.
2. Install security film over windows.
Security film comes in a variety of protection levels. The protection can help resist everything from scratches to debris.
3. Use carbon monoxide alarms.
Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device. CO alarms detect this poisonous gas and provide early warning. Did you know that your dryer vent produces Carbon Monoxide? Neither did I. It’s best to install the CO alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Make sure to keep them out of reach of children so that they’re not tampering with it.
4. Install top of door childproof locks.
Top of door childproof locks are a great way to keep kids in once your child is able to open the door on their own. It’s also a great way to keep people out at night. It’s an extra step of protection for your family.
5. Add corner bumpers to sharp furniture.
Corner bumpers can prevent accidents. Place them on things like coffee tables or entertainment stands.
6. Use cabinet locks.
Cabinet locks can help keep kids from getting into any chemicals. We keep all of our cleaning supplies, plastic bags, and sharp objects like scissors behind locked cabinets.
The most important thing about home safety is to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Create an emergency evacuation plan that everyone can remember. Teach your kids about things like carbon monoxide poisoning and why it’s important to have the alarms. Have practice drills so that if there ever is an emergency your family knows what to do. If you’re working on easy home safety updates in your home, be sure to check out your state’s laws for guidance.
Learn more about First Alert and how they can help keep your home safe here.
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