Before you dive head-first into the spiral of spring cleaning and sprucing, you should take time to evaluate the safety practices within your home. Keeping your home safe for you and your family should be at the top of your priority list. Ensure your family is utilizing the best practices for safety within your home, and make our best safety tips the first items on your spring to-do lists.
Keep items out of reach from young children
Having young children in the home requires a particular level of thinking and planning in order to stay ahead of keeping them safe and away from breakables and household products that could harm them. Examples of basic safety tips to keep your home family-friendly:
- Keep your medicine in child-proof bottles and away in high cabinets
- Turn off and unplug hot tools – this includes hair styling tools in the bathroom as well as cooking tools in the kitchen that may remain hot after use
- Store heavy tools and hardware in the garage – if you can’t store it in the garage, at the top of a closet or cabinet could work
- Be cautious when storing cleaning products under the sink or any place where children and pets can find them
Safety on the staircases
For children, adults and even household pets, the staircase can become a hot spot for mishaps and accidents. A good precaution to take is to install small night lights that illuminate each stair step at night. If there are railings on the staircase, it’s also a good idea to measure the space between the rails and spindles so that a young child or pet cannot squeeze through them. If you want to keep children and pets off the stairs altogether, you could invest in a small gate that stays secure and locked at the top and the bottom of the staircase.
Backyard and pool
When spring time rolls around, you and your family will find yourselves spending more time out in the backyard. The warmer weather tends to bring uninvited guests to your yard, such as weeds and insects. In the front and back yard, you may be using products to eliminate pesky weeds and insects. If you have pets or small children that like to roam free throughout the yard, make sure you read the instructions and safety warnings on the product you use if you need to keep pets and children away.
If you have a pool in your backyard, you should follow proper maintenance guidelines for keeping it clean and chemically balanced. If you have children or pets you’d like to keep out of the pool when you’re not around, you could install a barrier or gate around the pool.
Stock your emergency kit
Every household should follow common safety practices - keeping a fire extinguisher or two in the house, changing the smoke alarm batteries every six months, etc. Households should also prepare an emergency kit and keep it stocked with flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and more. If you live in an area prone to emergencies such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or major storms, additionally, you should design an emergency plan for your family.
The spring is an excellent time for your family to evaluate current safety practices inside and outside of your home. You can rest easier knowing you have these practices and measures in place at home and spend more time with your family basking in the beautiful spring weather. If you’re preparing for major changes this spring - such as selling your home or growing your family, contact us to find out how we can help you move into a brand new home while saving time and saving on closing costs AND save you thousands of dollars in the process!