Household safety shouldn’t take a backseat because everybody is enjoying the holidays. All different types of catastrophes and emergencies can occur during the winter months. Families should take the cooler weather as a sign to brush up on household safety procedures. Are children prepared for the colder months?
This is a great time go through the house and check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Ideally, these items should be checked on a monthly basis. Most busy families just don’t have the time to do this very regularly though. It’s absolutely critical to check these devices before the winter months though. Heaters are being used, and fireplaces are being tended. Families can’t afford to leave these issues to chance. In some cases, it can mean the difference between life and death. This is the perfect time to go through the house and test all of the necessary safety devices.
Is the house well ventilated? Are vents dirty? Do they need to be cleaned? Are heaters new and up-to-date with current safety features? Families should only purchase electrical heaters with automatic shutoff capabilities. It may be time to get rid of that old, unsafe, space heater. New models have fantastic safety features. When newer heaters are tipped over by children or pets, they have automatic kill switches. This is the most important component on newer heaters. It’s especially important for big families with small children and pets. These modern safety precautions will help to keep families safe this winter.