There are a lot of factors that go into maintaining your home. Besides performing regular maintenance and making repairs, it is important to take further measures to make your home safe. Here are some home safety essentials you should keep in the house to protect your family in case of an emergency.

First Aid Kit

Every household should have a first aid kit that is checked and restocked periodically with bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain medicine, antihistamines, cream for insect stings, burn cream, tweezers, gloves, eyewash, and medical tape. Over time, these items will get used up or expire, so remember to take inventory and restock.

Smoke and CO Alarms are Home Safety Essentials

Some of the most basic and fundamental home safety essentials are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most homes already have smoke alarms, but don’t necessarily have enough. Many homeowners don’t think about adding carbon monoxide alarms, which can also save lives.

Review how many smoke alarms are installed in the home and make sure they’re placed correctly on each level, inside and outside of bedrooms, and near the kitchen and laundry room. Check their batteries and replace them as needed.

Fire Extinguishers

You should have a fire extinguisher in key areas of the house. Keep one in an accessible place in the kitchen in case there is a stove or oven fire. Store one in the garage and laundry room. Choose an appropriate class of fire extinguisher for the room it is kept in. Teach yourself and your family how to use it.

Escape Ladders are Home Safety Essentials

If you have a multi-level house, it is smart to have an escape ladder for each room on the upper level. These ladders attach to the window ledge so that people who are trapped upstairs during a fire can safely climb out of the house. Perform a fire drill with your family so that they are comfortable using them.

Home Security System

Your home is safer when you take extra measures for home security. One of the most effective tools to is a home security system. These systems come with many features and options, and most of them include cameras, alarms, and some form of surveillance.

Do you have these home safety essentials in your house? Evaluate how safe your home is and invest in these items to make it safer for your family.

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