2023 Home Resolutions
2023 Home Resolutions
Make safety a priority
Everyone is guilty of forgetting to turn off an appliance or blow out a candle from time to time, but this year, take these steps to keep your home's safety top of mind.
Post and Set Reminders
You'll be less likely to forget important safey measures if you post sticky notes throughout your home, like "clean the lint screen near the dryer and lock the door" by the front door. You can also set reminders on your phone for takss that you might not do every day, such as changing batteries in your smoke detectors.
Clean Your Dryer
According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 13,000 dryers fires are reported each year on average, and th eleading cause of these fires is a failure to clean out the dryer vents and lint screen. Make sure you clean the lint screen after each use, and have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year, if not twice a year if you have a larger household that uses the dryer a lot. If you can't remember the last time you or a professional cleaned the ductwork then make sure you clean it as soon as possible.
Inspect and Test Your Detectors
Checking your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, radon detectors, and other safety devices is one of the best things you can do to help prepare you and your household for an emergency. Depending on the type of devices you have, you may need to change their batteries as often as every six months.
Devise a Household Safety Plan
It's important to prepare your household, especially children, for emergency scenarios, such as a power outage, house fire, or robbery. Type and print a list of emergency phone numbers and procedures for everyone to keep in their bedrooms and the central locations in your home. Don't forget little details, too, such as making sure you prep the second floor of your home ( rooms with higher elevation) for an emergency exit with collapsible ladders. No one likes to think about the worse-case scenarios, but you'll be glad you did in the event of an emergency.
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