The safety of your family is the most important thing in the world. However, having a fire alarm and extinguisher around is not enough to make your home safe. You see, in the scenario where you need them, the disaster already occurred which is bad enough already. Even if you immediately fix the problem, your family has already undergone a significant amount of stress and there is already some damage to your furniture, appliances and home in general. The most interesting part about it all is that all of these disasters are quite easy to prevent if you just pay more attention. Here are few tips how.
Fire Safety Prevention
The fact that we mentioned the fire hazard in the introduction isn’t a coincidence. Fire is probably the first thing you think of when talking about household disasters. And while potentially they can break out anywhere, there are few points in the home where they are most likely to start.
Naturally, the kitchen is our first stop since not only do you work with high temperatures, but you also carry around highly flammable ingredients such as fat and oil. Other things such as flour, sugar and garlic can be also set ablaze with ease. The best way to prevent this from happening is to focus just on that while cooking. This means you should never leave your frying pan unattended, not even for a second. This is even more important when you are deep-frying in fat.
Sure, there are some other habits you want to rectify, such as not smoking in bed (or at all if possible) and keeping lighters and matches away from children. Finally, not to be misunderstood, just because you are taking all measures of percussion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an extinguisher at hand.
Avoiding Plumbing Disasters
Not all disasters are life-threatening, but if they have the potential to wreak havoc on your home, they cannot be considered harmless either. A perfect example of this is what happens in the plumbing system, which on its own often gets overseen. You need to start with the regular inspections of your water heating system. Furthermore, you need to change your heating policy as well. Setting your temperature on moderate isn’t just something you do to reduce the bill, but also to prevent the system from overheating. The optimal solution would be to set the temperature to 115oF (about 46°C).
As a safety measure, you need to make sure your shut-off valve is in working order. If a disaster does occur, you need to be able to shut off your water system at the moment’s notice. Once this is done, you need to call a professional, since personal meddling often tends to produce even worse results. When finding the right person for the job, you have two priorities. The first one is hiring someone who knows how to do their job (do some research) and the second is that you find a 24 hour available plumber.
Watch out for Electricity
One of the greatest causes of fatality that happen in the household are related to electricity. To prevent this, you need to have your entire grid examined at least once every five years. Next, make sure to keep all your appliances up to date, since what good does it come to have your entire system in check, if you are plugging worn out devices into it. Also, if there is one thing that people tend to neglect it’s the capacity of their electric sockets. Once they no longer have where to plug in the device, people start buying splitters, but even they have a capacity. Try not to overuse it!
No matter what your problem is, it is always better to prevent it from ever occurring than to try and fix it later. As we’ve already mentioned, even when the damage is minimal, if you have just paid a bit more attention beforehand, there would be no damage whatsoever. Moreover, seeing how all these safety measures are incredibly simple to put to action, make sure to do so.