You want your home to be a safe place where you can relax, play, and spend time with the family. But as much as you try to make it your sanctuary, accidents happen when you least expect them. What can you do to improve your home safety, and protect the lives of people precious to you from injuries caused by these emergencies?
Here are four practical tips that will significantly improve home safety.
Think safety. Act safely.
Safety does not happen by accident. It is the result of a proactive mind that calculates risks and finds ways to mitigate damages. It is an indication of genuine concern and cares about people’s lives and their future.
Before you can truly achieve safety, you must first change the way you think about it. Safety is not a miscellaneous activity that you only carry out when you have time. It means having consistent vigilance to look after one another. Most importantly, it means doing everything you can to prevent accidents and events that could lead to injuries or fatalities of the people you love.
To truly bring safety to life, the support of your entire household is necessary. Make sure that everyone is involved and knows what to do during emergencies.
Have an evacuation plan.
It’s not easy to abandon the home you worked hard for. However, when emergencies endanger people’s lives, you must prepare to evacuate immediately, without thinking twice.
Make sure everyone in the household can identify situations that require immediate evacuation. Have an escape plan that shows pathways and exits to guide everyone on where to go and what to do when these events strike.
Practice fire prevention.
Fire is the most common emergency in the home. In the first few months of this year alone, there is already 575 house fire emergencies reported in Queensland.
A fire comes like a thief in the night, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Raise your household’s fire safety awareness and make sure that prevention measures are part of your daily lives. If you have children, teach them about the dangers of house fires and the simple things they can do to prevent them.
Check the home for common household items that could cause a house fire. Ensure flammable liquids and materials are stored safely. Check electrical equipment for defects and faulty wiring.
Comply with the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.
The new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation is in place to increase fire safety in the state. Complying with these rules will give you and your family a robust warning system during a fire emergency, giving you and your family the greatest opportunity for a safe exit.
While there are different time frames for implementation depending on the use of your property, when it comes to safety sooner is better than later. Remember, emergencies don’t take vacations, so safety must NOT have an “off” switch.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – This adage hits home when we talk about safety. Are you doing enough to make your home a safe home? We can help!
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