Tuesday, March 10, 2009

7 Safety Tips for Your Home

For all you current homeowners, this is my first post in my "maintenance series" of posts that I'm planning on blogging about over the next couple months. I hope you find this information helpful as you get settled in your new home. If you have any questions or need additional advice, remember that I'm just a phone call away.

When you first move into your new home it is a good idea to take care of a few small things that can make a big difference when it counts.
  1. Change the locks on all your exterior doors. Unless your house is brand new you never know how many strangers may have a key to your front door.

  2. Replace the batteries in all the smoke detectors in the house. Record the date in your calendar so you will remember to do the same thing next year!

  3. Unless your heating/air units are new, have the vents and filters cleaned or replaced.

  4. Create a fire-hazard plan with your family and conduct a practice drill with the children.
  5. Replace or clean the exhaust hood filter above the range.

  6. Check all your electric outlets for loose-fitting plugs, as these can pose a fire hazard. These outlets are inexpensive and fairly easy to replace.
  7. Have the fireplace chimney cleaned. While you are at it go ahead and install a rain cap and a screen to keep the birds out of your chimney.

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