Preventing Accidents at Home

Preventing Accidents at Home

A good homeowners insurance policy can really save the day after an accident, but preventing accidents before they happen in the first place is always a good idea.  There are several things you can do right now to make your home just a little safer for you, your family, your home, and your guests.

  1. Take a walk through your property.  Check the walkways and driveway for any cracks or bumps that could be tripping hazards.  Have them fixed as soon as you can to avoid injuries.
  2. Add more outside lighting.  Installing a motion sensor light can make it easier to get around at night without fumbling for light switches in the dark.  Plus, it can be a deterrent for would-be criminals looking to do harm.
  3. Prune trees and bushes.  Large trees can be hazards during heavy winds which can do damage to your home.  Trim them back to a more manageable size.
  4. Check the foundation for cracks or leaks that could cause flooding in your basement or crawlspace.  Have those fixed right away?
  5. Make sure outdoor play equipment or furniture is safe for use.  Over time some outdoor products can sustain significant wear and tear.  Be sure to check it for safety before every season of use.
  6. Back inside the house, take some time to organize your storage areas.  Make sure you have items stacked safely so they do not topple over onto unsuspecting family members looking for something in the closet.  Also, make sure they are not blocking any open vents or smoke detectors.
  7. In the kitchen make sure you always practice safe cooking techniques.  Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.  Turn pot handles in.  Do not wear flowy clothing that could easily catch fire.  Keep children away from the oven and stove when cooking.

These are just a few tips to help make your home safer.  Call [astPhone] for more handy pointers or to review your homeowner’s policy.


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