10 months, 2 weeks ago
You have already survived the process of moving. You made it through the mountains of housing and moving paperwork, the negotiating for a lower price, as well as most of th unpacking and settling in your new home. As you begin this new chapter of your life it is important that you take the time to ensure that your new home is as safe as it can be for you and your family.
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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fire is one of the leading causes of home deaths. Over 3,000 people die in their homes each year, while there are nearly 400,000 reported residential fires each year. Upon move in to your new home, you should be sure to check the functionality of all smoke detectors, replacing the batteries when necessary. Over 90% of homes have smoke detectors installed, but 20% of these detectors do not function due to batteries that need replacing or are gone from the unit entirely.
After installing a new battery, you should test the detector every month to make sure it does not malfunction. A chirp coming from the unit means that the battery is going.
After ensuring the functionality of all smoke detector units, have a family meeting. Introduce your family to the new home so that they are familiar with all rooms. Safety after moving into a new home is reliant on the cooperation of every family member. Create a plan for emergencies, including escape routes and “safe spots” outside of the home and off the property in the event of a fire or other event that would make the home unsafe. During the introduction to the home, make sure that everyone knows how to operate windows and doors.
You should also ensure that all carbon monoxide detectors are functioning as they should. Online fire, carbon monoxide is impossible to detect in the air. While there are additives in it, carbon monoxide is very hard to smell, but it has very powerful effects. Appliances that burn fuel are the most likely to leak carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning causes nausea, shortness of breathe, headache, and lightheadedness.
Have any appliance or system that may leak carbon monoxide serviced yearly. This means climate control systems and chimneys. Have a chimney sweeper clean your chimney once a year to prevent dangerous buildup. make sure there is a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of the home.
Nearly three out of four homes will be burglarized in the next four years, according to FBI studies and statistics. Over one thousand dollars worth of property is taken in each residential burglary. About 30 percent of these burglaries are committed with no forced entry into the home, meaning that the homeowners have allowed burglars to enter through an open window.
Out of the over 1,200,000 burglaries committed each year, there are very simple ways that they all could have been avoided. Insurance companies say that homeowners these days have no idea how to safeguard their homes from burglars.
When you are moving and unpacking, make sure that you make the home you are moving to safe by:
Leaving valuable items out of sight. Having a large flatscreen in front of the window is basically a welcome mat for burglars.
Ensuring the functionality of locks on all entry points. If there is a window or door without a lock, go to a hardware store and purchase one as soon as possible.
Making sure any doors in the home you are moving into are sliding glass, then make sure that they have locks as well. Also, the glass on these doors should be reinforced as to not allow a burglar to simply smash through it.
Making sure that the door on the side of your home that leads into the garage is always locked and secured.
Installing a security system to protect all entryways. A monitored alarm is the best way to deflect residential burglarization.
Going through the steps discussed here are some ways that you can ensure the home you are moving in to is the safest that it could be. Safety after moving is reliant on you following proper procedures for safety in the home.