Home is a place to relax and unwind. Family and friends gather in our homes for holidays, celebrations, and just to spend time together. Make your home a comfortable and secure place for your family. Here are a few easy ways to maintain a safe and healthy home.

A Healthy and Safe Home has Secure Handrails

Handrails are necessary for staircases to help maintain balance and safety. They’re especially useful for young children and elderly family members as they navigate the stairs. Check the handrails throughout your home, verifying that they’re securely attached to the walls.

Keep Household Chemicals in a Safe Place

If you live in a home with children or pets, make sure you are keeping them safe. Store all household chemicals like cleaning supplies, paints, automotive products, and even medications and body care products out of the reach of pets and children. Many of these products have colors or smells that make them attractive to curious kids.

Keep household cleaning products in a cupboard that’s above a child’s reach. Motor oil, antifreeze, and car cleaning products can be stored in a locked cabinet in the garage.

Install Smoke Detectors to Keep Your Home Safe and Healthy

Smoke detectors provide an early warning that will alert your family to a house fire. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on every level of the home. Equip each bedroom with a smoke detector, as well as the hallways outside all sleeping areas. Test the devices monthly and replace batteries twice a year, or when they are dead.

Change HVAC Filters

The filters in your HVAC system trap irritants like mold, dust, pollen, and pet dander. Filters improve indoor air quality by keeping pollutants from circulating throughout your home, change the filters as recommended by the manufacturer of your system. Regularly cleaning or changing the filters helps the HVAC unit heat and cool more efficiently and it will extend the lifespan of the system.

Build a First-Aid Kit

A home first-aid kit is a useful tool for keeping family members safe and healthy. You will have the equipment needed to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. In case of a major emergency, your first-aid supplies will help to provide care until help arrives. Purchase a ready-made kit or create your own. Some important items to include are adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, tweezers, pain relief medications, antiseptic wipes, and eyewash.

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