It has been a dream come true — moving into your custom home. You’ve taken months to handle even the smallest detail with your expert builder at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling. But, is your new home as safe as it could be?
There are a lot of things that can put your family at risk. Check out these safety tips for ensuring that your dream home offers the kind of safe and secure environment you can rest easy in.
Fire Safety Tips
It doesn’t matter if your house is brand new or a hundred years old, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must! In 2015, there were more than 365,000 house fires reported in the United States, resulting in thousands of injuries. The best way to protect your family is to have smoke detectors installed on each floor. This includes one in every bedroom, hallway, kitchen and laundry area. And don’t forget at the top of the stairway leading from the basement to the main floor, and the area between the garage and the house.
Of course, fire isn’t the only thing that can turn deadly. If you have gas, oil or coal heat or appliances, you will also want to make sure you have at least two carbon monoxide detectors posted in your home (one in the basement and one on the main floor). Installing one in the hallway outside of the bedrooms is also a good idea. Remember, carbon monoxide is impossible to detect on your own. It has no smell, taste or visual appearance, making it extremely deadly.
Chemical and Medication Safeguards
Your home is full of dangerous chemicals. From paints and stains used to give your new home that personal touch to cleaning and lawn chemicals, there is a lot that can poison a child or pet. The best way to safeguard against accidental poisonings is to keep all chemicals out of reach. This includes placing bottles and jars on high shelves or locked in cabinets.
Remember, pets can sometimes be more vulnerable than children since they often get into corners where things may be stored and often lick the outside of containers, which can be toxic.
Medications also need to be kept out of a child and teen’s way. This includes getting rid of old or leftover prescriptions.
Here are a few other safety tips to consider:
- Never fill the dishwasher with detergent until you are ready to use it. Small children and pets may get into it.
- Store detergents on a high shelf.
- Never put paint (or any cleaning solution) in another container. Children may mistake it for something else.
Be on the Lookout for Safety Hazards
It has been estimated that 3.5 million children are taken to the emergency room each year due to accidents in the home. This does not count the adults, seniors, and pets who also sustain injuries. Keep everyone in your home safe by following these basic guidelines:
- Install Safety Gates Where Needed. You love your open concept home, but let’s face it, you don’t always want small children and pets having access to every nook and cranny. Stylish safety gates can help contain them in safe areas, while still giving your home that overall open look and feel. Some areas you may consider installing gates include staircases, laundry area, the kitchen, near pools and ponds (outside) and patios or decks.
- Soften Harsh Corners. When designing your new kitchen, consider how the area will be used. For instance, if you have small children whose heads may be at counter height (or will be soon), consider installing rounded edge countertops. This will help keep those little heads safer while the kids are running around the kitchen. Sharp corners can also be a hazard to older residents. Ask the builders at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling for other suggestions for softening harsh corner in your kitchen, bathrooms and other areas of your new custom built home.
- Keep Walkways Clear. Thousands of people seek emergency care each year due to falls on slippery or clustered walkways. Keep walkways clear of toys, snow, and other debris to avoid such mishaps. On very slippery surfaces, consider adding mats or grip tape to avoid accidents.
There is a lot to think about when designing and building your new custom home. While you are busy making those fun decisions, let the professionals at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling take care of the rest. Don’t forget to ask about the unique ways they work to create a safe environment for everyone in your family.