A Safe Home Is A Healthy Home
– Article written and provided by MCAP
Focusing on some indoor projects can help beat the winter blues. Since accidents can happen and prevention can help minimize the risk, why not consider doing a full home-safety inspection. There are many different aspects to consider including potential fire hazards, break-ins and unhealthy environmental conditions.
Here are just a few ideas that you could add to your home’s safety checklist:
STEAL PEACE OF MIND
A good burglar alarm and monitoring system is the first step to deterring criminals. Also, install good exterior lighting, and take time to eliminate hiding places by trimming back overgrown shrubs around doors and windows.
What’s loose up above will come down. Check for decaying or broken tree limbs that could fall on someone, or onto electrical wires. Also look for loose bricks, troughs or shingles.
MAKE IT FIRE SAFE
Ensure all fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order. Inspect for other potential fire hazards such as faulty electrical wiring, overfull dryer lint filters and items stored near the furnace or a heating source.
ENSURE HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
Check for mold by looking for black or white powdery or fuzzy growths, and excessive moisture or condensation. Use vinegar and water, or borax and water, to clean and disinfect naturally.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Use non-slip mats inside the bathtub and shower, and grab bars for the elderly and young. While safe-proofing your home, consider adding in MCAP’s Home Mortgage Protection* plan to safeguard it and your family in case something happens to you. It’s insurance that pays off your mortgage balance up to $500,000 in case of death, giving you one less thing you need to worry about in life. Visit www.mcap.com for details.
* Life and disability insurance coverage for mortgages is underwritten by Sunlife Assurance Company of Canada.