For many people who own homes, the safety of their home and loved ones is essential. But today’s world is an ever-changing place which seems to be filled with many reasons to be concerned over safety. The good news, is that there are many ways that homeowners can provide better safety for their home and belongings. The most important decisions about Safety Preparedness Tips often include creating a plan for home safety measures and back up plans in the event that the original plans for safety fall through.

Because a home has a variety of things that can create mishaps and there are an abundant number of external situations like natural disasters, crime and terrorism, creating a safety plan as well as a potential evacuation plan is a smart family idea. It is always best to have a plan in place long before a problem occurs so that when a situation arises everyone in the home knows precisely what to do.

When children are young, there is a definitive set of guidelines on how to make a home “child proof”. After 9/11 many families had a “safety plan” in the event of another terrorist attack. While many people post 9/11 remained diligent with this for half a decade, more and more people became lax.

Making the Home a Safer Place

Like having an emergency first aid kit, having safety measures in place and emergency plans in place is important for any family. All homes should have proper protocols in place for safety with things in and around the home. These top safety measures, are the best safety tips for keeping things around the home safe:

• Make sure all outlets in bathrooms, kitchen, laundry rooms, garages and external home outlets have GFCI’s (ground fault circuit interrupters )
• Install a garage door safety sensor
• Place carbon monoxide detectors near furnaces, kitchens and hallways leading to bedrooms
• Place smoke detectors near furnaces, in garages, kitchens and hallways leading to bedrooms
• Make sure flooring is non-slip
• Secure all rugs and carpets with floor adhesives
• Install surge protectors for all computer and electronic systems
• Make sure dryers are properly vented
• Have the furnace or HVAC system checked and cleaned annually
• Check gutters or debris in late fall
• Do annual check for broken or cracked basement windows in fall
• Make sure all appliances are wired properly
• Have all guns stored in specifically made security storage for guns and stored with Safety Locks in Place

Each of these safety measures will make the home a much safer place inside and out for homeowners, family members and guests. Installing these safety measures can significantly reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, flooding, monoxide poisoning, slips and falls, accidental gun discharge, garage door accidents.

Preparing for External Threats

In addition, homeowners should also have a plan in place in the event of natural disasters, crime or terrorism. Making plans such as:

• Where to meet in the event of a disaster
• Create a plan to secure the house in the event of an impending natural disaster
• Creating a code name for emergencies
• Create and implement a plan to secure the house against crime
• Have a safe place to go in the event of impending natural disasters or storms

While it may seem that these plans take much extra time and planning, they are smart and critical pre-planning measures that will protect and save family lives. Each year thousands of American lives are saved and protected by having these measures in place.