No matter where you live, your home is only as safe and secure as you can make it. Burglary and intrusion can occur anywhere, but they can be prevented by adequate security measures, such as strong padlocks and electronic security systems. In most places, the threats you should really worry about are non-human, such as fire, flood, hurricane and the accumulation of carbon monoxide gas.
So, here are 5 useful home safety and security tips:
- Install a smoke alarm: Fire and smoke are very common safety hazards. They can be fatal if you fail to take the appropriate actions, such as put out the fire or escape if it is out of control. A smoke alarm detects the presence of smoke particles in the air and sets off the alarm. Smoke alarms are typically housed in a disk-shaped plastic enclosure having 6” in diameter and 1” thickness. They work either by optical detection
(photoelectric) or by physical process called ionization. Home smoke alarms are usually powered by a single disposable or rechargeable battery
- Install a gas detector: Gas leakage from the supply line is a common safety hazard that can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. Some gases are toxic while some are highly flammable. Gas detectors detect the presence of toxic, combustible and flammable gas in the air and sets off an alarm. Some also detect oxygen depletion and the presence of carbon monoxide in the air, both of which can be fatal. Gas detectors work by one of several methods such as infrared sensors, electrochemical gas sensors, ultrasonic sensors and semiconductor sensors.
- Put together a disaster supply kit: If you live in an area known to be prone to natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, then put together a disaster supply kit and place it in an easily accessible location. The kit should include cash, canned food and drinks, water, a flashlight with spare batteries, a whistle to signal for help, first aid supplies, cell phone with a charger, and copies of your identification (in case you need to be evacuated).
- Know where to go in case of a disaster: Knowing where to go in case of a major disaster, such as hurricane, tornado or flood can save you and your family’s life. As soon as you move in, ask your landlord, neighbors and the local emergency management authorities about the evacuation route. Familiarize yourself with the route by retracing it several times. Have a plan for where to stay in case of a disaster.
- Take measures to minimize falls: Falls are the number one cause of injuries and death at home in the US, according to the Home Safety Council. It’s easy to make your home fall-safe. Use non-slip mats or appliques in the bathroom. Remove clutter from the corridors, walkways and stairs. Stick area rugs to the floor or remove them completely. Make sure all the rooms and corridors get sufficient sunlight in the day and are adequately lit at night.
Whatever you are renting, make sure that your home has adequate safety and security measures in place. When it comes to finding the right rental home or duplex in Tulsa, Oklahoma, McGraw Realtors® Property Management & Leasing can make the entire process quick, easy and painless for you.