5 Home Safety Projects You Need to Do

Keep your family prepared and safe with these tips.

Carve out some time to do these simple home safety projects to keep you and your loved ones safe. With just a few minutes of your time, kids and parents can work together on these projects so everyone can take part in keeping your home safe and prepared.

1. Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Make sure that carbon monoxide and smoke alarms have fresh batteries and are in areas that are easy to hear. If a floor is missing an alarm, make it a priority to install one as soon as possible.

2. Create a fire escape plan

Create a fire escape plan for every room in the house, which clearly outlines the nearest exit out of the home. Post the plan in easy-to-access places, like on the back of bedroom doors. Take this opportunity to make a family meeting place and teach fire safety habits. Conduct fire drills a few times a year to keep the escape plan fresh.

3. Check for bugs and rodents

Insects and rodents can carry disease and make family members sick. Check for cracks and holes outside and inside your home. Make sure that pantry items are properly sealed and pet food is off the floor.

4. Assemble a first-aid kit

Take a plastic container and fill it with bandages, fresh water, tweezers, emergency phone numbers, batteries, flashlight, salve, antibacterial ointment, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol. Make sure that the kit is in an easy-to-access place for all family members.

5. Clean lint from the dryer exhaust duct

Prevent house fires by cleaning the lint from your dryer’s exhaust duct. Lint that builds up inside dryer cabinets causes an estimated 15,000 house fires every year. This easy 30-minute project can help prevent a future fire in your home.

Plus: 8 Places Germs Hide in Your Home

Sources: The Family Handyman, U.S. Fire Administration, PestWorld.org

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