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Home safety is vital to have things in place to prevent a large catastrophe from taking place, so be prepared as best as you can be!

Essential safety tips to protect your family and home!

Ensuring the safety of your home and family is of utmost importance. By implementing proper safety measures, you can create a secure environment and minimize potential risks. In this blog post, we will provide essential home and safety tips to help protect your home and loved ones. These tips are supported by reputable sources, ensuring the reliability of the information provided.


Installing and maintain your smoke alarms are a great way to prevent further catastrophe! Smoke alarms are crucial for early detections of fires, providing you with valuable time to evacuate. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near the bedrooms. It’s important to regularly test and replace batteries as needed. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends checking smoke alarms monthly.

Along with smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are so important to protect your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Test them regularly and replace batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the importance of CO detectors for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Another way to make sure your home is safe would be by properly securing your doors and windows is vital to deter burglars. Use deadbolts on all exterior doors and install window locks. Reinforce doors with strike plates and consider installing a peephole or video doorbell for added security. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) offers guidance on securing doors and windows to prevent break-ins. Along with that would be investing in a home security system. A security system can provide additional protection and peace of mind.  Choose a reputable security company and opt for a system that includes burglar alarms, motion sensors, and surveillance cameras. The Insurance Information Institute (III) recommends professionally monitored security systems to safeguard your home.

(alt="extinguisher-scaled.jpg")A necessary way to protect your home would have fire extinguishers. You want to keep fire extinguishers in easily accessible locations throughout the home, such as kitchen and garage. Learn how to use them correctly and ensure they are regularly inspected and maintained. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides information on fire extinguisher types and usage.

Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential items such as food, water, medication, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Create an emergency plan with evacuation routes and designate a meeting point for your family. Ready.gov, the official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers comprehensive resources for emergency preparedness.

Prioritizing home safety is crucial for protecting your home and loved ones. By implementing essential safety measures such as installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, securing doors and windows, investing in a home security system, having fire extinguishers on hand, and being prepared for emergencies, you can significantly reduce potential risks. Remember to regularly review and update your safety measures to ensure ongoing protection.

National Fire Protection Association. “NFPA – Smoke Alarms.” Nfpa.org, 2019, www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/.

CDC. “Carbon Monoxide.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 Jan. 2022, www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/copoisoning/index.html#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20symptoms%20of.

Smith , James. “Home Burglary Prevention: Common Tricks Used by Burglars and How to Keep Your Home Safe – Modern Day Security.” Modern Day Security, 8 Jan. 2023, moderndaysecurity.info/home-burglary-prevention. Accessed 21 June 2023.

Ready. “Make a Plan | Ready.gov.” Ready.gov, 2019, www.ready.gov/plan.

Minnesota Homebuyer’s connection (2022) Minnesota Homebuyer’s Connection. Available at: https://mnhomebuyersconnection.com/ (Accessed: March 24, 2023).

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