How to have a safe home for you and your family

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Raising and taking care of your family is one of the most important jobs you can have in your life, and working hard to make sure they’re kept safe is always really important. It’s a big concern of many parents and caregivers to make sure that their kids, friends and family are always safe in the home. Some seemingly safe objects the house can be dangerous to different people, depending on who they are and their age – for example, some marbles or small objects would be dangerous to small children but perfectly safe for older kids and adults. Conversely, a small patch of water in the bathroom probably isn’t going to post too much of a risk for small children if they slip, but an older person or elderly relative might have a troublesome fall if they encountered it.

If you’re planning on having a baby, or if you know that you’re going to be having some friends or family visit your house with young kids, this little guide is going to be invaluable in making sure that you’re creating a safe environment.

You can try various ways to keep your home environment as free from hazards as possible – and there are various ways you can work to make sure you’ve removed as much risk as possible. The best thing you can do to get started if you have no idea about what to do is to go from top to bottom in your house and to go from room to room, and figure out what might be a hazard.

We’ve created a small list of the possible things you would need to do to keep your family safe, so take a look and get safe in the home!

  1.     Have a good look at your kitchen and figure out what constitutes the at-risk stuff, and what is ok to keep. If you have cleaning products or drawers with knives at reaching height then you might need to consider getting the cleaning stuff out of small hands’ reach.
  1.     If you have smoke alarms, get them checked out by a professional. If you don’t have fire alarms, then you need to get out and get them NOW. It’s vital to the safety of your family that you have smoke alarms to keep them out of harm’s way. There are many companies that offer fire equipment testing and you should utilise the skills of the companies you can in order to keep safe.
  1.     Consider getting a first aid certificate if you don’t have one, or if no one in your house or family has one. They are relatively easy to get, pretty affordable – and when you consider that the cost of not having one might mean the difference between life and death, well, they pay for themselves.
  1.     If you have a pool in your house make sure that the fence is of regulation height and that you have the appropriate locks and safety measures on the door and fences. There is nothing worse than having to worry about small children around a pool – especially if you know that your pool fence isn’t up to par in terms of what it should be.
  1.     Speak to your neighbours and family as well about what you’re doing for your home and for the safety of your extended family and guests. After all, if you can also impact some positive change on your family and friends in the process of also making your home safer then you know that you’ve done a lot of good.

Hopefully this small guide has been somewhat helpful to you in terms of getting safer and getting better at moving into having a safer home. If all else fails and you feel that you’ll never have the safe home that you want – then you have to make sure that you always entertain outside the home!