Safety in the House: How to Protect Yourself and Your Kids

Safety in the House

Your home is a sanctuary, and a place where you and your family feel most comfortable. When it comes to the security of your home and the safety of your family, prevention is key. Mosaik Homes offers you these tips to protect yourself and your family in the home.

Electrical Wires

Safety in the House

Whether you have small children, pets, or young families visiting, remember that electrical outlets are right at a baby’s eye level. Dangling wires, a power bar or even empty wall sockets will attract the attention of little ones. Place safety covers on all electrical outlets that are not in use. If you don’t have small children around, you should still ensure to use only electrical cords provided by the manufacturer of the appliance or fixture, and keep out of reach. Use extension cords that are the single-receptacle type. Don’t let cords wander underneath rugs, and refrain from having them run through your home’s doorways and halls.

Fireplace Maintenance

Safety in the House

Before you light up the fireplace to keep cozy this fall, have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Regular cleaning is a necessary safety measure for wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves. Buildup of creosote from past fires inside the chimney can cause a house fire. Gas fireplaces should be checked out as well. Even though gas is a clean-burning fuel, there could be an old nest or a variety of debris blocking the chimney.

Winter Emergency Supplies

Safety in the House

Canada is in store for an especially cold winter if you believe the forecasts. Check your home’s emergency supplies so that you are not left in the cold. With winter storm comes more potential for power outages. Be prepared with fresh bottled water, shelf-stable canned foods, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies and a hand-cranked radio and smartphone charger. It doesn’t hurt to have some board games, cards and books near your emergency supplies, to keep the family preoccupied while waiting out a storm.

Fire & Carbon Monoxide Safety

Safety in the House

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked on a regular monthly basis. This is especially important during winter when windows are closed and woodburning stoves and fireplaces are in use more often. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in each bedroom, on each floor of the house and in the kitchen. Creating a family fire emergency plan and reviewing it every few months will ensure everyone knows what to do in case of fire, and will give your loved ones a sense of security.

Mosaik Homes believes your family deserves the best when it comes to your home’s craftsmanship and design, as well as the peace of mind knowing that your family is safe.

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