-Written by Christina Baker
Moving into a new home gives you and your family a chance for new beginnings. You may be feeling a mix of emotions such as excitement and stress – after all, a new home means more responsibility. There are many different safety precautions that must be taken before you move, and we’re here to help break a few of them down for you!
Use this checklist to ensure proper safety precautions are taken before you move into your new space!
Smoke alarms and detectors
Make sure your home has enough smoke detectors throughout the entire house. Then, make sure each detector has batteries and test them to be sure they work properly. Keep some backup batteries just in case! It’s also a good idea to put carbon monoxide detectors on each level of the home.
The best safety tip to live by for the electrical in your home is if it doesn’t look quite right, check it out. If you’re unfamiliar with electrical work, call an electrician to double check that everything is how it should be. Since frayed wires and cords can easily start fires, it’s best to make this a priority for your new home.
Water and pipes
In case of an emergency such as a broken pipe or flooding, it’s best to know exactly where you can shut off the water to your house. You should also have the pipes of the house inspected to make sure they’re fully equipped to work properly without any leaks or breaks.
Home protection system
A home protection system may not be needed by everyone, but it’s a great investment for those who would like a little more peace of mind. Since home burglaries are unfortunately quite common, finding good home security will help to keep the chances of someone breaking in lower.
It’s also crucial to double check the locks on all doors in your house, including the garage.
Have an emergency plan
Have a discussion with your family on exactly what you will all do incase of an emergency. This can include plans for a fire, flood, etc.
If everyone has an idea of what they need to do and where they need to be in case any of these events take place, your family will feel slightly more at ease and in control.
Miscellaneous emergency items
- Several stocked first-aid kits around the house
- Keep all the emergency phone numbers somewhere safe and visible in the house
- Use this comprehensive guide from the American Red Cross to create an effective emergency kit
Once you’ve taken the proper safety measures, you’re ready to make your new house a home!
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