We’ve compiled a few quick ideas you can do today to make your home safer, prepped, and organized for your busy life. Taking the time to take preventative safety measures around your home can make a huge difference when it matters most.
Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Five minutes can save your life. Test your alarm’s functionality, and switch out the batteries. While you’re at it, schedule a reminder in your calendar to test alarms monthly and replace the battery. The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal recommends battery changes at least once a year, or when the low battery alarm beeps (whichever comes first!).
Secure area rugs
Due to the make or position of your rug, it may rumple, wrinkle, or roll-up during everyday activities. This poses a huge hazard, especially for seniors in your home, who may trip and fall. Grab some carpet tacks or double-sided tape to ensure your carpet is locked and loaded.
Check your hot water
Very hot water can easily scald children if they turn the faucet a little too far, so it is important to examine the temperature control on your home’s hot water heater. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends a maximum of 49º C (120º F). You can dial the temperatures down at the heater itself, or install a scald protector at the faucet.