Home Safety Tips
Home safety is an important part of preventative home maintenance. You can avoid personal injury by following a few safety tips.
Avoid overloading extension cords and electrical outlets.
Turn off appliances when you are not using them.
Do not store flammable liquids such as paint supplies near heating units.
Keep flammable objects such as dish towels, curtains, and aprons away from stoves, and don’t wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
If a pan catches fire, cover it with a lid and turn off the heat.
If a fire gets out of control, immediately leave the house and call the fire department using a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone.
Develop an escape route out of your house and practice it once a month with your family.
Water Damage Prevention
Experts recommend checking hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator on an annual basis, looking for cracks or water leaks. They also recommend replacing all hoses every five to seven years.
Make sure the caulking around your showers and tubs are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.
Know where and how to shut off your water main. If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water. To request a free water main shut off tag, click here.
Consider installing floor pans under your appliances. While they can’t protect you from a catastrophic leak, they can prevent water damage from small slow undetected leaks.
Consider purchasing a point of leak water alarm. Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump. They can be found at Amazon and Menards
Storm Damage Prevention
Replace missing or damaged shingles. If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, well then you’ve got a gap for wind to get under and do even more damage.
Repair loose siding. it’s important to ensure your siding isn’t damaged.
Make sure your gutters are free-flowing and your downspouts flow away from your foundation. Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home.
Ensure water can flow away from your home. The grade of your lot should keep water flowing away from your home and into a ditch, drain, or some other proper retention area.
Make sure your sump pump is in good working condition before the Spring rains start up. If you want to feel extra-secure, keeping a backup sump pump is a sure-fire way to prevent basement flooding.
Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows. Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding to rip it off.
Check for loose fence posts. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep. Checking your fence’s footing is as easy as giving each post a strong shake to check for loose ones.
Trim your trees regularly. Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property.
Walk around your property to identify any items around that could become projectiles. That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.
Keep a generator on hand. A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours... or worse for days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.
Don’t forget to protect people. Your home and the things inside are replaceable, but your family isn’t. Have a storm safety plan in place, including a safe location to go, like a basement or storm shelter, to ride out the worst storms.
Every year, storm season brings a lot of uncertainty, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it...preparation is key.
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