I’m going to set aside some time this summer to make sure my home is safe and secure. I suggest you do the same as well. Here are some of the things that I do and have done in the past. These will help you to make safety a priority at home.
Check Out the Roof
It’s easy to forget how important the roof is to the rest of the home isn’t it? I often used to overlook my roof until I developed real problems with it. Now, I make sure I check it as often as I possibly can. You need to make sure you do this too. A roof in good condition is essential for a safe home. So you’ve got to check there are no leaks. And you need to get a team of experts in if any repairs are required.
Get a New Security System
As it’s the summer, I decided to take the time to get a new security system installed in the home. The old one was perfectly adequate, but I felt like going for a newer, more advanced model. This has given me much better peace of mind. The new security system is fantastic. It has a top of the range intruder alarm, and even contains a CCTV system. It has made my property much safer for me and the kids.
Take Down That Tree!
Everyone will encounter that pesky tree at some point in their lives. I remember I had one in the garden that was a total pain. It was large and dangerous, and the kids were forever trying to climb it! I also discovered the roots were playing havoc with the foundations of the home. So I contacted an affordable tree service and got them to remove the tree. It’s something I might have been able to do myself, but that would have been a lot of work. And I might not have been able to get everything in one go. Getting professionals in was the right call. And it’s definitely a step you need to take if you’re considering this. Also, considering the roots had damaged the foundation of my home, I knew I’d need it to be inspected and possibly repaired so I had to also look about for professional foundation companies similar to CenTex Foundation Repair and others. The damage caused by the roots wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it could have definitely started causing some issues for me in the near-future if I hadn’t had it repaired.
Build a Fence
Safety shouldn’t be limited to the interior or obvious hazards. A great way to increase the safety of the home is to build a fence. This means you can erect a border or barrier to the property. You add some privacy and security to the home, as well as marking it out as your own place. I find that building a fence can also be fun and therapeutic. In fact, I like to try to turn anything like that into a family project. This is a great way for me to get the kids excited about things.
Childproof the Place!
You also need to make small but important changes inside the home. Yes, all the other points listed will make things safer for the kids in general. But now is the time to go that extra mile. I like to go around the place and make sure it’s childproof. And if you have young kids you need to think about doing the same. This means putting measures in place to counteract how inquisitive kids can be. I always have a stair gate, which I will open and shut when needed. It’s also worth putting stoppers of the cupboards and drawers. Turn the place into a safe-haven for your kids.
You need to remember that there are many dangers that can impact the home. As a dad of four I need to make decisions that will impact the kids as well as me. So by making the home safer I improve the environment for the children. This is something that’s very important to me, and that I will always strive for.