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New Homeowners Tips for Household Safety

By Nef Cortez

With so many items on their ¡°buying a home¡± checklist, few
homeowners take into consideration household safety, even
though it should always be a top priority. While most people
know that It is always advisable to take every precaution to
ensure your well-being as well as that of your loved ones,
somehow in all the hub-bub of moving and decorating their new
home, they fail to include household safety items in their

One of the top dangers to your newly bought property and your
household are fires. Each year, according to,
more then a half a million winter fires cause $3 billion dollars in
property loss, 1,900 deaths and 8,000 injuries. To protect your
home and family place smoke detectors on every level of your
home and in every bedroom. For additional protection they can
be placed in hallways, stairways, attics, basements and
garages. Check your detectors at least once a month and make
sure their batteries are in working order. An estimated 20% of
U.S. homes have smoke alarms present but none that are
working. These devices are inexpensive and it could be a key
factor in survival, as they facilitate early warning and the ability
for a person to escape, should a fire occur.

In addition to smoke detectors, it's recommended by home
safety product manufacturers that you have one fire extinguisher
for every 600 square feet of your home. Extinguishers can help
you put out a small fire before it gets too large. Just make sure
that your extinguishers have pressure gauges and check them
at least once a month to ensure they are ready for use at all

Another form of danger is carbon monoxide poisoning. Very few
homeowners realize that carbon monoxide is invisible and
odorless, as well as poisonous and lethal. It is recommended
that you put at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home
to protect you and your family. There are often too many tragic
news articles published during the winter each year where
unsuspecting families decided to use outdoor barbeques to
warm their homes.

Many times other potential dangers, such as burglary, are
exacerbated by homeowners' negligence to take simple safety
precautions. When you are away from home always lock your
doors and windows. If the expense is not a ¡°budget¡± breaking
financial item for your household, you can provide further
protection from burglary by installing an alarm system in your
home. Just as with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,
make sure you regularly check to see if your alarm system is
functioning properly.

At risk of sounding like Smokey the Bear..don't forget, household
safety should always be top priority rather than at the bottom of
your to-do list. You'll be more than grateful in the event you find
yourself or your loved ones in any danger!
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