As a homeowner, it’s important to be prepared for unexpected situations. As much as you hope they won’t happen, break-ins, fire, or natural disasters can occur on your property. Here are the safety essentials your home should have.

A First Aid Kit Contains Safety Essentials

A first aid kit comes in handy in case of accidents and minor injuries. Build your own or purchase a prepackaged kit that comes with basic first-aid items such as:

  • Alcohol swabs
  • Band-aids
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze pads
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable gloves

Smoke Detectors

Make sure your home has smoke detectors installed in the kitchen, inside each bedroom, and in all hallways. There should be at least one detector on each level of your home. Test each device monthly so you know that they’re working correctly.

Smart Locks

Use a smart lock to replace the regular deadbolt on your front door. You’ll never have to worry about losing keys because you’ll use a touchpad instead. A smart lock also allows you to control access, whether you’re at home, at work, or on vacation.

Safety Essentials: Motion Detecting Lights

Install motion-sensor lights as theft and trespassing deterrents. Potential intruders prefer working in the dark and will move on if your property is well lit. Add motion-activated lighting over your garage, at the front door, on the side of your property, and above the back porch.

Fire Escape Ladder

One of the most important safety items for a two-story home is an escape ladder. Keep an emergency ladder available so that anyone caught upstairs during a fire can safely exit the home.

Emergency Radio

Buy a quality emergency radio to have on hand in the event of a blackout. Emergency radios are typically powered by batteries, a hand crank, or solar panel. A radio keeps you informed about what’s happening with the weather and local news and emergencies. Look for radios that double as flashlights and phone chargers.

Fire Extinguishers are Safety Essentials

Make sure you have fire extinguishers on every level of your home and in the kitchen in an easy-to-reach location. Being able to quickly access a fire extinguisher can save a home from costly fire damage, and your family from danger.

Fireproof Safe

Use a fireproof safe to protect important documents and valuables in case of a house fire. An added benefit is that you have a secure place for checkbooks, passports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, and family heirlooms.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide can accumulate your home without your knowledge. Install CO detectors throughout the house and near the furnace. Test them every month to verify they’re working properly.

Make sure your home has these safety essentials to be prepared for any type of emergency.

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