If you’ve owned your home for any amount of time you likely already have the basic maintenance and care routine down to a science.
Things like cleaning the gutters, opening the floor vents, disconnecting the hose, and various other tasks throughout the year become second nature, but there are a number of things you may not have considered that could be dangers around your home just waiting to pop up.
We do more than just fix appliances; we care about our customers safety and enjoyment of their homes.
So here are some good tips to keep your home as safe as possible year round!
Turn off the water
When you leave town, even if it’s just for a couple days it’s a good idea to turn off your main water. You can’t ever tell what might happen while you are away; one of the most destructive forces you can unleash in your home is water. Don’t risk having your vacation, and your next several months, ruined due to a water pipe bursting when no one was home.
Don’t Leave Your Remote In The Car
No, not the TV remote! The garage door remote. Leaving your garage door fob in the car may be convenient but fact is anyone who smashes your car window will then have instant access to your whole house!
Clean That Vent
Dryer fires can be devastating, and worst of all they are completely avoidable. Your faithful clothes dryer works hard drying your clothes, but even if you clean the lint trap the vent to the outside can still fill with lint and dust. This can be a major fire hazard – especially if you have an older dryer that doesn’t have a temperature safety cutoff.
Have A Plan
Talk to your family and have a plan for what to do when things go sideways. That might mean just having an agreed upon safe place to meet – like a trusted family member or neighbors house – or having a ready made preparedness kit for emergencies. By talking ahead of time about different scenarios you can be prepared and also take a lot of the fear out of the unknown.
Nobody likes to think about what could go wrong, what might happen, but you need to in order to be aware and ready should something actually happen. This doesn’t mean living in fear, but rather being aware so that you can be as prepared and safe as possible.