New Home, Safer Home

Make yourself at home, using this helpful checklist to feel safer and more secure in your new space:

  • Fire Safety: At the very least, replace all the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. But, it’s a good idea to replace them when you move in. Chances are, you’ll have no idea how old the alarms are if the previous owners installed them. The life span of CO alarms is about 5 years units and about 7 for smoke alarms. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on every floor as well and know how to use one.
  • Protect Electronics: Install surge protectors at the receptacles where you’re plugging in major electronics. These units can save you hundreds of dollars of repair costs if there is a surge in electricity.
  • Prevent Accidents: Protect your children who may be living in or visiting your home.
    • Install “child-resistant” locks on all cabinets within the child’s reach.
    • Remove all cleaning products, and laundry detergents from lower storage areas.
    • Some common household items that are generally considered non-poisonous, if taken in large quantity, can kill a 22-pound child. Some of these things include mouthwash, cosmetics, meat tenderizers and spices.
    • Keep all medications, including topical ointments such as insect repellents, inside a cabinet that is locked with a key. And place the key where the child cannot reach it.
    • Keep all electrical and phone cords bundled and out of reach.
    • Do not use tablecloths.
    • Install toilet lid locks.
    • Install covers over all electrical outlets.
    • Place gates at stairways – top and bottom.
    • Lift blind and drapery cords out of the reach of children.
    • Use specially designed doorstops and knobs that prevent children from opening doors.