When that moment arrives and you step into your first official home, it’s an exciting and slightly overwhelming feeling. But as you begin to get settled in, it’s important to put safety first. That means ensuring that your home and your loved ones are well protected from any unforeseen hazards. During that first initial moving-in phase, make it a priority to ensure your home and all of your precious cargo within it is safe and sound. Here’s how.
Home Security System
First and foremost, having a home security system installed is the first major component for protecting your home and giving you and you family some sound peace of mind. It can be installed in a breeze, and if an alarm is triggered, a 24-hour personnel team will be available at a moments notice to dispatch help if needed. Whether you want protection so you can sleep soundly, or you want attentive eyes on the house while you’re at work or out of town, a home security system is a great housewarming present.
When moving into your new place, chances are there will already be smoke detectors installed. But that doesn’t mean they work. As a cautionary step, get a fresh set of batteries to place in any existing smoke detectors and be sure to test them out to see if they actually work. If the detectors themselves are too old and seem unresponsive, pick up some new ones at your local hardware store. You should have smoke detectors installed on every floor of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Test your smoke detector twice per year to ensure the batteries are alive and the detection function works.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
When the cold weather arrives and you’ve got that fire place cranked up to the max, carbon monoxide detectors are imperative to ensure that the air in your home doesn’t become toxic, especially since your can’t see or smell this substance. It’s equally important to make sure your gas furnace is not silently leaking CO. These detectors can be purchased separately, or can be installed as part of a fire monitoring system. CO detectors are required if your home has gas appliances (furnace, water heater, range etc.) or an attached garage.
Fire extinguishers are a very important item to have located somewhere that’s easily accessible. The kitchen is usually the best spot for these since that’s where all the heat and action happens. So whether it’s under the kitchen sink or beside the fridge, always have an extinguisher on hand in case any of those cooking flames get out of control.
When it comes to your new home, safeguarding it from any potential hazards should be at the top of your priority list. Ensure that each of these components are present in your home so you and your family can feel safe and sound.
Looking for more home safety tips? The home security experts at Bee Alarmed are here to help. Bee Alarmed offers home security solutions for homeowners throughout the Ottawa area, including Kanata, Kemptville, Orleans, Barrhaven, Manotick, and Carleton Place. Ask us about our commercial services, too!