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10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Yourself

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10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Yourself

It’s easy to take your home for granted. We all spend time on dusting and cleaning, but because some of the dangers in a home are not apparent, we tend to overlook them. This carelessness and complacency can result in serious damage and injury and the only one you can blame for it is yourself. You can be your own worst enemy in the home. Learning to protect yourself and your family from yourself is the key to making a home as safe as possible. It’s not difficult or expensive and does not take much time.


If you are concerned about home safety and the dangers that may lurk unseen in your house and would like an expert to suggest ways to protect yourself from yourself, you will find information on home safety professionals in your area online with some decisive and dedicated research.

  1. 1.Change Batteries in the Fire Alarm

    Fire alarms and smoke detectors are things that no one ever wants to see used. And because you don’t really expect a fire to happen in your home, it’s easy to forget about them. Yes, you do see them each time you look up at the ceiling, but after a time they become just another feature of the house and the fact that they run on batteries which need to be replaced at regular intervals is overlooked. Having nonfunctional fire detectors can cause a small fire to become a major disaster. Make a note of when you last changed the batteries and when they need to be replaced in your diary.

  2. 2.Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy

    Big bulky ugly looking fire extinguishers are not something that adds to a home’s décor. But they exist to protect the décor, the home and everything in it. Today’s fire extinguishers are reasonably small and sleek and can be easily tucked away out of sight. But keep in mind that out of sight does not mean they are inaccessible when needed. Every minute of delay in fighting a fire can make it harder to contain. Make sure that you have enough fire extinguishers in your home that everyone knows where they are and how to use them and that they can be accessed quickly in an emergency.

  3. 3.Learn How to Steam a Carpet

    Carpets are beautiful and add warmth to a home. But they are on the floor and everyone walks on them. And pets roll around on them. A carpet is a huge dirt trap. And this dirt contains germs and pathogens that are harmful to your health. No matter how clean a carpet looks, it can be full of things that can make you sick. Regular sweeping only removes the surface dirt, leaving the germs that are embedded in it alone. The best way to protect the family of the allergies and other health hazards that a carpet may contain is by steaming it regularly. Steaming carpets is not difficult – when you buy a steamer it will have usage directions. Follow these and use the cleaning chemicals as advised and that’s another danger you are protecting yourself from.

  4. 4.Properly Cover Holes in the Wall

    Holes in the wall are more than just unsightly. They allow mice and other vermin access to the ideal nesting place – within the wall. If a wall becomes damaged and a hole develops, cover it up as soon as possible. Mice can get in faster than people realize. If the hole has been around for some time, make sure that there are no vermin already nesting in the wall before you cover the hole. They will either gnaw their way out, doing more damage, or die in the wall cavity and this can become huge health problem.

  5. 5.Prevent Electrical Surges

    Electricity is essential to modern life, but if proper safety precautions are not taken, it can be a huge danger. Electrical surges can lead to appliances and equipment blowing up. Anyone nearby when this happen could be injured. And the damage could start a fire. Installing circuit breakers for all your wiring and especially for that which powers appliances like washing machines and so on is the best way to protect yourself from this danger.

  6. 6.Maintain Appliances

    Almost all domestic appliances and equipment requires regular maintenance. It could be just cleaning and lubricating or maybe something more complex. Whatever be the work involved, it is required to be done for two reasons. The first is to keep the appliance operating and the second is to prevent malfunctioning of the equipment that could cause injury to the person using it. The owner’s manual will have cleaning and care instructions which should be followed.

  7. 7.Learn How to Use Appliances and Equipment

    We tend to take normal household appliances for granted. The feeling is they are designed to be easy to use and if you have used one, you have used them all. True, they are designed for ease of use but even a vacuum cleaner can be dangerous. That’s why the instruction manuals that come with them have a list of “don’ts.” Always read the manuals carefully and make a note of the things that you should not do. Taking everyday appliances for granted and becoming careless with them is a major cause of domestic injuries.

  8. 8.Keep a First Aid Box Handy

    In spite of all the precautions you take, accidents can and will happen in the home. Having a well-equipped first aid box in the house will keep the minor cuts and other injuries from becoming something serious and if some major injury does happen, the first aid that is available can care for the injured person till medical aid arrives. Having the box at home is not enough. Everyone in the family should know where it is, what the contents are and how to use them. Keep in mind that many of the items in the box have a limited life so keep checking it and replace anything which is nearing the expiry date.

  9. 9.Electrical Cords

    You do not want too many cords lying around in one area for people to step on and pets to chew on. Use a surge protector to protect your expensive electrical items.

  10. 10.Cutting Down a Tree

    You need to be extra careful when cutting down a tree or cutting off a branch that is within range of falling on your roof and home. Your roof may be durable and designed to handle the relentless pounding of the sun, violent storms, and excessive rain, but it does not stand a chance with a 700 pound branch or a 6 ton tree falls on it.

Your home is likely to be the biggest investment you will make. Keeping it safe and protecting those who live in it are essential to you family’s future. It’s really a matter of taking the time to identify the risks and then acting to minimize them and to have protection ready if something does happen. Knowing that you have protected your home from yourself and you are not careless or complacent will make living there much safer and happier for everyone. Happier? Certainly, because you and everyone else can relax.

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