Whether you are buying your first home or have rented for years, it is a good idea to take steps to ensure the health and safety of your living space. Depending on the area that you live in, you may have an increased risk in earthquakes, fire, hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters. Being prepared means keeping your family safe and alive.
A Gas Mask and Disaster Kit are two items that many homes keep in a safe place. A gas mask is a good idea if you live near an area with any potential airborne toxic gases - such as near a chemical plant. A disaster kit may contain any number of items (depending on your area), but should definitely contain canned food, a can opener, a blanket, distilled water and a flashlight. Check the batteries of the flashlight every year or purchase a wind-up flashlight. The can opener should be manual and the canned food should be ready-to-eat. Pack multiple blankets if you have a larger family. It's also a good idea to pack dried fruit or nuts in the kit.
Every homeowner should be aware of the looming threat of fire. A house fire can destroy your precious belongings and can even kill your loved ones. A properly working smoke detector should be installed in every home in the kitchen and near the bedrooms. Check to make sure that the smoke detectors work at least once monthly. Many homes also have a fire extinguisher in them too. These are great for extinguishing the small stove top fire.
Carbon monoxide detectors are becoming a common item in many homes. These can save many lives since carbon monoxide poisoning can slowly poison you without you even realizing it or feeling its effects. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so an alarm will allow you to get out of your house quickly and safely before it's too late.
Keeping your home in proper working order and repair is only one aspect of being a responsible home owner. Keeping you, your family or your tenants safe from natural disasters, arson or carbon monoxide poisoning are imperative. Before moving your family into a new home, be sure that you are not putting them at risk.