A Comprehensive Guide to Home Safety Measures

Safety is paramount for any thriving family. Unfortunately, whether you have young children or teens, there’s always a certain amount of potential daily risk. This is why it’s so important to make comprehensive plans to safeguard against potential issues.

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Perhaps the most challenging part of this is that there is so much that can impact the safety of your family. It can be a little overwhelming trying to understand what areas you should focus on and the steps that can be most effective. Therefore, we’ve put together a guide on some of the key actions that can make your home a more safe and secure space.

Review and address problem areas

Every home is different. While there are some general measures you can adopt, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to home safety. Tailoring your plan means you meet the specific safety needs of your family and don’t run the risk of overlooking important areas.

Start by making a list of every space inside and outside your home. You should then do a walkthrough of each of these areas. Inspect for things that could present problem areas for your family. For instance, if you have young and rambunctious children, are your bookshelves in your living room anchored to the wall to prevent falling? Do your kitchen window blinds represent an injury hazard to your cat? Note down all the issues, alongside checking the safety measures you already have in place.

From here, start to make a checklist of the adjustments you need to make to these problem areas. Prioritize them by urgency. You can then start to work through them to make improvements.

Gather disaster preparedness supplies

Sometimes, events will occur that are beyond your control. This could include extreme weather events, wildfires, social unrest, and natural disasters, among others. The good news is that you do have control over how well you respond to these. By putting together a selection of preparedness supplies, you can boost the safety of you and your family at these times.

Some of the elements you should put into a disaster preparedness kit include:

  • Enough bottled drinking water for a few days, or for a couple of weeks if you have the space. Aim for around a gallon of water per person per day.
  • Non-perishable foodstuffs. In a disaster, you may not have access to stores for some time. Ensure that you have plenty of nutritional food available that doesn’t need a lot of preparation or specific storage.
  • A first aid kit. This should include gauze and bandages of various sizes, sterile gloves, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, distilled water, and antiseptic cream, among other items. If possible, keep a kit in various areas of your home and in your vehicle.
  • An emergency radio. You may not have cell phone or internet coverage during a disaster. Emergency radios can help you stay informed of the situation and identify available assistance resources.

It’s important to tailor your preparedness supplies to your individual needs, too. For instance, family members with medical conditions may need you to store spare medication. The area you live in might be subject to specific types of weather or natural disasters, so you should tailor to this. 

Install alarms

In all likelihood, you’re pretty vigilant about the safety of your home and your family. Nevertheless, you can’t have eyes on everyone and everything at all times. This is where a few well-placed alarms can be a good part of a comprehensive safety plan. They can help alert you and your family to current issues so you can respond quickly and effectively.

Intruder alarms can be essential for alerting you to unauthorized people in your home. Certainly, triggering a loud alarm can be a deterrent to people trying to break in. However, it’s also worth investing in a system that sends you an alert via a smartphone app if someone enters while you’re out of the house. This allows you to alert the authorities and not risk you or your family walking into your home in the middle of an incident.

Additionally, pool alarms are crucial safety features, particularly if you have young children, pets, or other vulnerable family members. They prevent accidental drownings by alerting you to anyone entering the pool area. Some work by floating on the surface and are triggered when the water is disturbed, while others have simple proximity sensors. This means you or a neighbor can immediately head to the cause of the alarm and potentially save a family member’s life.

Get some basic first aid training

Let’s face it, accidents will happen sometimes. You can’t keep your family in bubble wrap, so there will be times you need to respond to medical issues. This is why part of your comprehensive safety plan should involve getting some basic first-aid training.

Getting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified can be a powerful activity. Primarily, it gives you the knowledge to safely and effectively perform life-saving maneuvers if a family member has a cardiac arrest or stops breathing. It also sets a great example to your children, who’ll see you’ve gained valuable skills and might be inspired to follow in your footsteps. This can only be a positive tool for keeping your household safe.

Additionally, get some guidance on how to use the items in your home first aid kit. The obvious things, such as bandages, are usually straightforward enough. Yet, you may be less confident with applying tourniquets, using EpiPens, or performing cleaning procedures. You can often find courses in your local community or through organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Conclusion

Making a comprehensive safety plan for your family is challenging but it makes a genuinely positive difference. By putting effective preventative and response measures in place, you’re likely to feel more confident about your ability to handle risks. Wherever possible, involve your family in these activities. The more you can all understand risks and how to respond to them, the safer you’re all likely to be.

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