5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer in 2020
Written by Alejandro Smith
Do you ever feel concerned about your family’s safety at home? Perhaps everyone’s belongings are very disorganized, and you worry that someone could stumble and injure themselves. Or maybe you’ve seen a few headlines about poor water quality in your city, and you’re nervous the water coming up out of your tap may not be up to par.
Everyone wants to feel safe, and you may need to take some extra steps in 2020 to protect your family’s health and well-being in your home. If you’re dealing with any of these common household safety issues, the following tips will help you address these problems.
Toss Out Clutter
Did you know that too much clutter can actually be a safety hazard? Not only could your family members trip and fall over misplaced items, but having lots of clutter around can also increase levels of stress and anxiety in your household.
Making an effort to declutter and organize each room will allow you to maintain a safer, happier home. You’ll feel less stressed out on a daily basis, and it will be easier to maneuver around your home. You can donate items you don’t use to people in need, and instead of going out to buy new things, you can get thrifty and creative by “shopping your closet” and finding unexpected uses for your remaining belongings.
Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Overall, having a clean home can boost your family’s health, and this has become especially apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breathing in dust and other allergens can also lead to headaches, sinus infections, and respiratory issues over time. If you’re concerned about the harsh chemicals in conventional cleaning supplies, you should try using eco-friendly solutions or making your own DIY formulas! Green Cleaning Reviews suggests using a baking soda and vinegar to paste to clean most hard surfaces and tackling mold with a hydrogen peroxide spray.
Clean Water Filtration
Every household should have access to clean, running water. In some cities, water quality is not quite up to safety standards. And if tap water in your city has been found to contain harmful chemicals, you’ll want to act as soon as possible. Utilizing a water filtration system will allow your family to have access to clean, decontaminated water at any time. Just make sure to plan ahead for a filter replacement on a regular basis - otherwise, you may be exposed to bacteria or other contaminants.
Secure Your Property
To feel truly safe at home, you will want to invest in an effective home security system. There are a wide variety of systems on the market. Depending on your needs, you may want to go the extra mile and shell out for a system that includes security cameras. A video doorbell can also add an extra layer of safety.
Check Your Alarms
Don’t forget to check your smoke alarms to make sure that they are working properly! You never know when you’ll need that alert. Try to test them about once per month, and if any of your smoke detectors are over 10 years old, it’s time to replace them for good.
If you don’t have a few in your home already, it’s time to install carbon monoxide detectors. Safety.com recommends placing one carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home - including your basement. You should also place one in your garage.
Naturally, you want to make sure that every member of your household feels safe at home. In order to do this, you may need to address a few minor maintenance issues, switch up the cleaning products that you use, or purge your home of unnecessary clutter for good. In some instances, you might need to budget for home security tools or new alarms. But the money spent on your family’s safety is money well spent. Making your home a safer place for yourself and your loved ones is always worth the effort.
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