Springtime Home Safety Tips

Kids lying with feet forward in the grass during Spring

April 2014

Spring is definitely in the air. The plants and flowers are starting to bloom and the air is slowly becoming warmer. In addition to doing some cleaning, you should take time to make your home safer. Here are three springtime home safety tips you should follow.

Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are important devices to have in every home because they save lives. However, if the batteries in them are old, they are not much use. That is why it is a good idea to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. This way, you will at least know that if a fire starts, your smoke detector will alert you right away.

Create a Flood Emergency Plan

The spring tends to bring a lot of rain, which can lead to flooding. It is important to create a flood emergency plan so that you can be prepared ahead of time. Here are some of the things you should do if you know a flood might be coming.

  • Turn off all the lights and electronic devices. If you are wet, do not touch electrical equipment.
  • Move valuable items, such as furniture, to an upper floor if possible.
  • Leave your home if authorities say it's necessary. Be careful not to drive in flooded areas because your car can be swept away.

Check Your First Aid Kit

Be sure to check your first aid kit, especially if you have small children. The weather is warmer, so they are more likely to run around outside and get scrapes and stings. Some of the items in your first aid kit should include bandages, sterile gauze pads, burn ointment, and aspirin.

If you follow these helpful springtime safety tips, you and your family will stay happy and safe this season.