Many American’s work hard to own their first home; it allows them freedom and independence. They work and work and work to pay it off, pouring a lot of time and effort into it. So, it’s no mystery why a lot of people are very adamant about keeping their homes looking and feeling great. For some homes, keeping them up to par could almost be a full-time job, due to the ever present powers of time. The wear and tear that our homes undergo over the years is staggering, so keeping a home safe from your annual visit from chaos or destruction can be a bit tricky—and all too often, expensive. Unfortunate things happen, but here we have provided a list of some basic things you can do to make sure your home is just a little bit safer.
The Shocking Facts about Electricity
Electricity is a wonderful invention, without it our whole society would be in shambles. Our electrical systems in our homes allow us to access that great power, so it is vital to follow proper safety protocols when it comes to electricity.
Much like your body, your home’s electrical system needs some regular maintenance. Time can be very cruel to the wiring of your home—not to mention the constant evolution of technology. Whatever your reason, however, you need to have your wiring examined on a regular basis. Outdated or faulty wiring can be bad for your home because it will either make it so it won’t run as efficiently; on the worst case side of the coin, cause an electrical fire.
Proper Electrical Distribution
Sometimes it seems like there just aren’t enough plugs in the house; so, what are we to do? For most people the answer would be to use an extension cord or outlet splitter. This can be fine in small degrees, but it is important to remember that the outlets in your home are only designed to carry a certain amount electricity or lower. So if you plug a lot of appliances into one outlet, or even into outlets on the same circuit, you run the risk of overcharging the outlet which could also cause a house fire.
Fire Prevention and Smoke Detectors
With all this discussion about house fires, it is important to discuss the importance of smoke detectors. If your home is not outfitted with them already, you need to get them. Smoke detectors can be a very cheap, so getting your hands on some shouldn’t be too difficult. Smoke detectors should be on the ceiling or high wall near the bedroom door of each room; as well as in the common areas, kitchen and hallways. This way, no matter where in the house you are you will be able to hear if smoke is there.
Remember also to test your smoke detectors on a regular basis. It is advised by the United States Fire Administration to test your smoke detectors once every month and to replace the batteries once a year. There are a few tips, however, that you should follow when testing your smoke detector. Sure you can push the button to see if the alarm still works, but unless you hold a recently extinguished match or candle beneath it will you know if it really detects smoke. So, remember to really test it with smoke, but be sure to be safe and have water nearby.
Fire Extinguishers Having a smoke detector is a great thing to have, but having if you don’t have a fire extinguisher, the likelihood that the fire will spread is higher. Depending on your needs and budget there are a wide variety or fire extinguishers on the market that can get the job done. So, do your research and find yourself at least one good fire extinguisher, if not more. A good rule of thumb is to have one on each floor in your home, especially if you have a fireplace on a separate level as the kitchen.
Plumbing is a lot like electrical work, it is a great invention that truly makes our lives easier. However, if you do not do regular maintenance it could cost you. It is a good idea to have a professional plumber check out your pipes on a regular basis, and whenever you hear a strange sound or see leaking water.
Keep Your Home Dry
Keeping your home dry may not seem like much, but if you want to keep your home safe from mold, then keeping your home dry should be a top priority. There are many things to consider though, when it comes to fighting mold. First, clean up any spills immediately. It may not seem like a big deal, but if even small messes go unattended, it could be what triggers a nearly irreversible onslaught of mold.
The second tip is to make sure your home has proper ventilation. Stagnant air can make it hard for any wet spots to dry, so, if your home is well ventilated, you will be more likely to not have any problems with mold. Lastly, make sure to check your crawl spaces and under your sink often. Leaks in the pipes down there can go unnoticed for months. So, keep looking and be sure not to be caught off guard.
Boise is a very safe city, but it isn’t immune to burglary, unfortunately. So, it is important to take certain precautions to keep yourself and your home safe. Now, it’s important to remember that you can’t make your home impregnable, but you can make yourself less of a target.
Make Packaging Unrecognizable
If you buy yourself a new computer or television, remember to destroy its packaging. That way when it’s taken out to the trash, a would be robber won’t know you have it. It doesn’t take long to cut up cardboard, so be sure to make it unrecognizable.
Lock Your Doors
This tip doesn’t need much explanation, remember to lock your doors and windows at night and when you are out. It may not seem like a lot, but it will do wonders for keeping you and your home safe.
These tips, when done right, can help to reduce the amount of damage your home will sustain in its lifetime, but they cannot be guaranteed to work 100% of the time. So do some more research and keep working diligently so your new home doesn’t fall prey to destruction that could have been prevented.