Daylight Saving Time begins March 9th for most of Canada. While moving your clocks forward, take a moment to make a safe home and change the batteries in all home fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. In fact, have you ever thought about how safe your home is? This month is a great time to do a full home safety inspection. There are many different aspects of safety to consider, for instance, is it safe from thieves? Is it safe for your children? Is it free of environmental threats?
Accidents will happen, but prevention really does begin at home. Here are just a few areas that you should consider when it comes to your home’s overall safety:
Steal Some Time
A good burglar alarm and monitoring system is the first step to deterring criminals. Other ways are to install good exterior lighting, and to take time to eliminate hiding places by trimming back overgrown shrubs around doors and windows. Join the neighbourhood watch program.
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 too close to the furnace or a heating source. Never leave candles or portable space heaters unattended.
Be Environmentally Friendly
Test to ensure all your paint is lead-free. Get rid of any asbestos. 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 making sure your home is environmentally safe, think about 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. Contact MCAP today for