When people are thinking of buying things for their new home, they turn to décor, furniture, appliances – the basics for living there. But there’s another list of items that every new home needs: Basic safety and security items that every home should have! So make sure your new home is equipped with these tools, and that everyone knows where they are. If you haven’t bought any of these yet, put them on the top of your list!
First Aid Kit
First aid kits aren’t just for businesses or public locations! Your home needs one, too. Fortunately, these kits are easier to put together than you might think. Many stores sell complete kits that include bandages, disinfectants, basic tools, and other items that you may need to treat an injury.
Or you could choose to create a kit yourself with your preferred products and bandaids. Note that professional first aid kits tend to contain safety pins, sterile gloves, bandages for specific purposes (eyes, splints, etc.), tweezers, and similar items.
Fire Safety Items
First, if your home doesn’t have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, you should get these devices both for safety and for home insurance reasons. Today it’s easy to find devices that watch for both smoke and CO, and are smart enough to work via app (and let you know when batteries need to be replaced without the beeping).
Also, make sure you get a fire extinguisher for your home. These extinguishers come in a variety of sizes at home department stores and are readily available. Typically, homeowners put them in the kitchen, where the majority of home fires tend to occur.
Flashlights and Batteries
Grab a couple LED flashlights, too! Sometimes the power will go out, and you’ll need flashlights to get around – sometimes, you’ll just need to explore a crawlspace or take a look around the yard at night. Flashlights help with all of this! You can get crank flashlights that will always have power, but if your flashlights use batteries, then make sure you buy some extras as well.
This is also a great time to buy other things you might want in case the power goes out, anything from a mobile radio to extra water and blankets. It’s good to be prepared!
A Basic Toolkit
Every home needs at least a few tools to get basic jobs done. Look for a small toolkit that includes important items like a hammer, screwdrivers of both types (flat and Philips) and a variety of sizes, pliers, a wrench, and so on. You should also get a pack of nails and/or screws for little projects that may come up. You can add to this basic toolkit over time if you need to, but this should be enough to help you get started – and will be invaluable when putting together new furniture or appliances!
Do you have any other questions about new homes, home renovation, or changes that you’d like to make your home? Hannah Custom Homes and Remodeling can help! Contact us today with your questions and to see how we can help your dream home become a reality!