Sustained safety and security rely on consistent intention. Here is a monthly safety checklist to keep you and your family safe and secure.

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There’s a reason every pilot has to go through a thorough and comprehensive checklist before taking off — lives are in their hands, and it’s their job to make sure their plane is safe. The same goes for a homeowner. Whether it’s renting out an apartment to someone, or living in a house with a family, it’s up to homeowners to make sure their living spaces are safe for everyone. That being said, here’s a monthly home safety checklist to follow.

1. Keep Track of Air Quality

This is the 21st century, so most of us spend large amounts of time indoors. According to the National Safety Council, the leading cause of accidental injury related deaths is now poisoning, which can happen through pollutants and poisonous substances in the air. Always make sure your home is ventilated properly, protected against radon, contains carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and is free of lead and mold.

2. Check for Fire Hazards

Depending on what kind of building you live in, and when it was built, fire can be a serious concern. Make sure to check your home for bad wiring, gas leaks, insulation problems, and other potential fire hazards. Consult with a home improvement specialist if any concerns or questions arise.

3. Make or Purchase a Home First Aid Kit, and Keep it Stocked

Accidents can happen at the most unexpected moments, and being prepared for one can make the difference between a safe ending and a tragic one. Whether its a cut with a knife while cooking, or a fall down stairs, always be prepared to treat minor wounds until first responders arrive. Make sure your first aid kit has fresh bandages, antiseptic cleaners, and other essential injury care items.

4. Inspect Heating, Air Conditioning, and Water Heaters

Large home appliances such as water heaters and internal heating and cooling systems are designed to last for years, but even so, it’s always important to make sure they are performing up to standard. Make sure the systems are not creating unnecessary problems in your home, to ensure the safety of all residents.

The above tips are not a complete and comprehensive home safety check, but are easy, simple, and important things to cover on a regularly scheduled basis. Make sure to always be aware of potential problems with home structures, systems, or poisonous substances. A safe home is key to living a safe and healthy life with peace of mind. To learn more about home safety and security, give Sight, Sound, & Security a call today! Our experts would love to work with you to make your home as safe as possible.