Home Safety Tips and Basics for Your New Jersey Home

Buying a home is an exciting adventure and if it’s your first home, a big step on the road of life. Once you’ve made this great acquisition, you want to keep your biggest investment protected with these home safety tips and basic safety measures.

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This great investment now houses your most priceless of treasures and that would be your loved ones and pets, to name a few. Keeping them from harm in your home is vital. Home safety involves a few different factors, which is why Patrick Parker Realty has put together this important checklist:

Electrical
Where possible, avoid extension cords and instead call an electrician to install another outlet where you need it the most. Running long cords around your house increases the chances of someone tripping on them. If you must have a long cord running from two different places, run it discreetly along the wall. If you have young children, baby proofing electrical outlets is imperative. Use plastic covers to prevent injury. Don’t overload outlets with too many plugs. This could cause the outlet to overload and short out completely.

Heating
It is a great idea to have the HVAC system and heating appliances routinely inspected. Examining the appliances for problems as well as checking the ventilation prevents any large problems in the futures. Have flues and chimneys cleaned annually. Water heaters should also be checked by a professional once a year. Keeping the temperatures at 120 degrees prevents accidental burns with young children.

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Detectors and extinguishers
Installing smoke detectors in every room of your house is necessary. A carbon monoxide detector should be installed on every floor of your home. Test all alarms monthly and replace any old batteries annually. Teach family members the sound of each alarm so they are aware in case of an emergency. Fire extinguishers should be strategically placed throughout the house. The kitchen is definitely a good place for one. These should be maintained and replaced when needed. Consider installing a sprinkler system as a safeguard.

Create an emergency plan
Coming up with a plan tomorrow may be too late. This should be done as soon as possible because you never know when an emergency will strike. In case of fire, create a plan with two possible exits in each place of the house. Set up a meeting place where your family can meet once outside the house. If you are in a two-story house, placing a rescue ladder in an accessible place is important.

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Patrick Parker Realty wants you to be safe
Every year people die due to negligence and poor planning when disasters strike. Fatalities can be avoided simply by staying vigilant and planning with your family. Don’t wait till it’s too late, get your home safe today and educate your family on these plans and steps.

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