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Vital Home Safety Tips You Probably Didn't Know About

Home Safety Tips You Probably Didn't Know
Is your home as safe as you think? Well, think again! Here are some safety tips that you probably never knew existed, which can help you make your home a safer place. Take a look!
Mukulika Mukherjee
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
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Safety at home is important, as it can go a long way in preventing mishaps and fatal accidents. There are several ways and means to secure one's house and depending on your need and requirement, choose the safety methods accordingly. However, there are certain precautions and measures that make it to the top of the list of safety tips and all you need to do is incorporate them in order to make your place a safe haven (literally!).

While the common ones we're well aware of, there are a few tips out there (and we don't know how many!) that are probably too obvious to draw our attention. Yet, these are small factors that can make or break your plans to create a dwelling that's safe in every way. Curious? Well, then here we go...
Tips for General Safety
These safety measures include tips on fire safety, to tips that can deter strangers or thieves from taking undue interest in your home.
Store Inflammables With Care
Cylinders of fuel
By inflammables we mean any substance that catches fire easily, and can cause an explosion. In the image above, you can see cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas and other liquid fuels. While we all know that we should store these substances away from the house, in places such as the backyard, what we probably don't know is that we should avoid storing all of them at one place. Doing so can trigger a huge explosion on the event of a fire breaking out. Moreover, you should consult the local authorities and follow the recommended safety standards for their storage.
Keep Your Voicemail Volume Low
If your telephone is on the voicemail mode when you're away, make sure you keep the volume low so that people who pass by your house, do not get to hear it and "know" that nobody's at home. This holds especially true for people living on the ground floor, and is a simple way to prevent potential threats to security.
Install Surveillance Cameras
Surveillance camera
Now, this is something that we all know helps, but few of us consider installing these cameras at home. It's important to note that surveillance cameras are not just meant for hotels and shopping areas, but you should get one for your home as well. If you feel a surveillance system for your home is way too expensive, you can even install fake ones! Trust me, they can ward off intruders and prove helpful, though not in the true sense.
Watch Out for Strangers
Man in a white mask
One of the basic safety tips that all of us tend to ignore, is the way to deal with strangers. Whenever you're alone at home, never open the door to an unknown person. Also, you should never ever talk to a stranger about your family or your daily routine. Another important thing to remember is to never let a stranger who arrives at your doorstep know that you're alone at home.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detector
The first step in fire safety is to install fire alarms and smoke detectors in different areas of your house. Remember that with smoke detectors, the more the number the better it is going to be. Make sure you install one in each bedroom, and preferably one in every other room as well. Check for the UL mark on the smoke detectors to make sure they are designed to meet standard safety requirements. Test them at regular intervals to ensure all of them are in a working condition, and replace the batteries periodically.
Tips for Child Safety
If there are kids in your family, there may be additional safety precautions that you need to take. Just go through the list to find out!
Keep Electrical Sockets Covered
Baby playing with electrical wire
Electrical wires should be properly tied up using cord winders, such that they are safely out of your toddler's reach. Extension cords and plug sockets should be covered when not in use, because your little one may insert metallic objects in the open sockets and run the risk of an electric shock.
Keep Medicines Out of Reach
Colorful capsules
Reminded of that bottle of colorful pills that you have casually placed atop the kitchen cabinet? While you may be wondering how on earth it may harm your child, the fact is that toddlers are attracted to bright-colored objects and the seemingly innocuous pills are no exception. So you see that it is important to consider medicines a "potential threat" to your child's safety, and store them accordingly.
Keep Pets Away
A dog and a cat
We all love pets, don't we? While your kid may love pets too, it helps to know that pets are not always safe, especially when your kid is a toddler. A pet about the house can mean pet hair all over the place, some of which can be hard to spot. Also, pets can be pretty unpredictable, and certain breeds can be highly aggressive. So, if you have a baby and have been planning to get a pet for his amusement, you'd better think again. However, if you already have a pet, make sure you take extra efforts to ensure your kid doesn't have to encounter pet hair on the floor or a possible infection.
Avoid Hazards from Plastic Bags
Colorful plastic bags
Plastic bags can cause accidental asphyxiation and hence, should be kept away from toddlers. Even older kids should be asked to stay away from plastic bags.
Choose Your Houseplants Wisely
Potted plant
Houseplants can be a major cause of poisoning, making it necessary to carefully select the plants you keep indoors. Plants like poinsettia, croton, oxalis, peace lily, etc., are common in most households. However, parts of these plants are poisonous and can cause minor to severe reactions in pets and humans. So, if you have a toddler, then it is recommended that you don't place houseplants at the floor level. Instead, you can hang these potted plants from the ceiling of your porch.
Tips for Safety Against Burglars
If you're looking for tips to make your dwelling safe from burglars and thieves, then here are a few that you're sure to love!
Opt for Superior Quality Locks
Main door of a house
One of the primary elements of home security is a main door with a high quality lock that is almost impossible to break through. Not only the door, but even the windows should be protected by superior quality locks. These days you can find a wide variety of door locks with complex mechanisms. Choose one that best suits your requirements to stay and feel safe and secure!
Install a Home Security System
Home security system
Investing in a home security system is always a good option, irrespective of the area you're living in. Just like a car alarm that rings when someone touches your car, a home security system is designed such that an alarm rings in the event of forced intrusion or tampering of doors and windows. The cost of installing one depends on whether you want a simple device or a complex mechanism that is computer operated.
Don't Turn Off the Lights
View of a house in the evening
Wondering what lights have got to do with preventing theft or burglary? Well, then think this way. If you turn off the lights in all the rooms before you retire for the night or set off for that beach holiday to the Maldives, it is highly probable that burglars lurking around will "know" that there's nobody at home. So, why make things easier for them?
Take Care of the Keys
Keys in a house shaped key chain
Have you ever seen people hiding the house keys in weird places such as under the doormat? While they might argue that it is safe to do so, the reality is far from it. For who knows who might be observing you? Moreover, fooling around with the keys is never recommended. So, keep them safe and you won't have to be sorry!
Install Timer Switches
Timer switches
With a timer switch, you can set the time for the switches to go on and off, without anyone having to be physically present in the house. Wondering how this can help? Well, to passerby's, this gives the impression that there's someone inside and the house is not there for the taking. Get the picture?
Keep Your Valuables Safe
Jewelry in a jewelry case
Now, this is important. Have you ever wondered why we, even in our worst nightmares, do not wish to find someone breaking into our house in our absence? It's because we do not want to lose our valuables, which include jewelry, cash, and important documents, among others. So, the best way to stay safe is to deposit such stuff in a bank. This way, we won't be living with the constant fear of losing it all one fine day! Do you agree?
And Here Are Some More Safety Tips...
1. Install non-slip pads in your bathtub and on the bathroom floor to prevent slipping. This is essential if you have an elderly member staying with you.

2. Doormats, carpets and rugs should have non-slip surfaces underneath to prevent slipping.

3. Never leave your main door unlocked, even if it is for a "little while".

4. Keep the bushes in your garden well-trimmed to prevent potential intruders from hiding behind them!

5. The stairways should be well-lit to prevent accidents.

6. Chalk out a fire escape plan for the entire family, and practice it on a regular basis. Make your kids aware of the emergency exits in your building.

7. Always keep a fire extinguisher at an easily accessible location.

8. Never leave candles burning when you're going out or going off to sleep.

9. While in the kitchen, always put on your pair of oven mittens before using the microwave oven.

10. Test the temperature of hot water yourself before allowing your child to touch it.

11. Never leave electrical appliances plugged on to power sockets. Unplug them once you're done.

12. Refrain your little ones from playing in the kitchen.

13. Write down the Poison Control hotline number (1-800-222-1222) on a piece of paper and place it next to your phone. Also, save the number in your cell phone and ask all the members of your family to do the same.

14. Check your toddler's toys carefully for small parts that are potential choking hazards. Also, make sure there are no small objects scattered on the floor.

15. Make a note of all emergency numbers and place it next to the phone.

16. Purchase a first-aid kit and update it on a regular basis.

17. If you have kids in the house, make it a point to install baby gates at the top and bottom of the staircase.

18. Check for overloading sockets and cords and remove them.
Now that you "know" quite a few pointers for home safety adopt these in your home and share this with others too. It can be your small step to make the world a better and safer place.