Home Safety: Stay Safe in Your New Home

Fire Safety

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should be on every floor of your new home. The life span of units is about seven years. If you are not sure how old your detectors are, they should be replaced. When installing new ones, use a permanent marker to write the date of install on them. At the very least, all batteries in these units should be replaced and tested.

Fire extinguishers should also be on every floor. Make sure the units are rated for the particular area where you live and also mark when you installed them. The lifespan of fire extinguishers is about three years. Even if the meter is in the green zone, they should be replaced for maximum coverage.

Safety tip: When using a fire extinguisher, count to ten as you are using it. If you cannot contain the fire in that amount of time, leave the home and call 911.

Alarm Systems

If your new home has an alarm system, you'll need to contact the monitoring company to engage your address. Otherwise, the unit is only local and typically only a loud alarm will sound.

Electronics

If you will be setting up any electronics in your home, make sure you install surge protectors at the receptacles. These units can save you hundreds of dollars of repair costs if there is a surge in the electricity of your home.

Child Safety

For families with children, it's important to make your new home a safe haven to protect against accidents. Childproofing your new home does not mean moving breakables to higher shelves. It means locking, securing, relocating or removing anything that may pose a potential danger to a child.

In kitchens and bathrooms:

  • Install "child-resistant" locks on all cabinets within the child's reach.
  • Remove all cleaning fluids and agents from lower storage areas. Remember that very common household items that are generally considered non-poisonous, if taken in large quantity, can kill a 22-pound child. Some of these things include mouthwash, cosmetics, meat tenderizers and spices.
  • Keep all medications, including topical ointments such as insect repellents, inside a cabinet that is locked with a key. And place the key where the child cannot reach it.
  • Keep all electrical and phone cords bundled and out of reach.
  • Do not use tablecloths.
  • Install toilet lid locks.

In other areas of your home:

  • Install covers over all electrical outlets.
  • Place gates at stairways - top and bottom.
  • Lift blind and drapery cords out of the reach of children.
  • Use specially designed doorstops and knobs that prevent children from opening forbidden doors.

The Moving Day Survival Guide

  1. Provisions
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Change of Clothes
  4. Bathroom Essentials
  5. Power Cords
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The Moving Day Survival Guide

Provisions

Take with you your family's favorite foods and some emergency snacks. Don't forget the coffee!

First Aid Kit

Confirm that you have any prescriptions and over the counter medicine that you might need, such as Tylenol or Advil, as well as band-aids.

Change of Clothes

Make sure that you have at least one change of clothes for your move in case your belongings are delayed.

Bathroom Essentials

Bring toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes with you so that you have easy access to these items during the first night in your new home.

Power Cords

Ensure that you have power cords for your cell phones and computers on hand as well as an alarm clock if you will need it the next day.

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