Your home is your castle and that means you want to do everything in your power to protect it. From keeping yourself safe from fire to protecting your most precious trinkets and keepsakes, there are lots of top bits of advice for looking after your home.
Many people don’t realise how many dangers they may face in their own home and it’s this lack of awareness that is half of the problem. Understand the potential risks and follow a few simple safety measures to make sure your home is a safe and comfortable refuge.
Preventing accidents at home
The Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA) has a wealth of information about safeguarding your home and ensuring that you are avoiding potentially dangerous actions. On the RoSPA website, you’ll find everything from advice on general home safety to hints for older homeowners or tips about the safest products on the market. If there’s any part of home safety that you’re curious about, the charitable organisation should be able to provide you with some information to help.
Keeping your home safe from burglary is something else you’re likely to be worried about and there are plenty of resources available that can help. Pick up some essential information from the Metropolitan Police, who have put together a comprehensive selection of guidelines to help you secure your property. You’ll also find some handy information on preventing burglars available from The Telegraph’s handy consumer tips article.
Fire is another major danger in the home and it’s essential that you install the appropriate number of working fire alarms and fit fire extinguishers to help you in an emergency. Have a look at our guide to home fire safety devices and be sure to read Shelter’s guide to preventing fire in the home. The best way to stay fire-safe is to limit the risk of blazes in the first instance, so always be careful when dealing with a lit flame, heaters and electrical equipment.
Protecting your home for all ages
Slips and falls represent one of the biggest dangers to older people in the home, thanks to their frequency and ease of occurrence. Cut your chances of tripping and hurting yourself at home with the help of Age UK’s home safety checklist. The list includes all of the things you should be thinking about if you hope to keep your home fall-free, such as tucking away cables, removing clutter and planning the position of your furniture carefully.
When you have family with young children visiting, you’ll also want to have a look at your home and check that it’s still safe for children. It’s easy to forget about the kind of things that can become a danger to little ones when you don’t live with them fulltime, so a quick check of the NHS’s guide to avoiding accidents with children at home is a great way to refresh your memory. Make sure you’re home is as safe as it should be, simply follow some of the best advice out there.
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