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Safe as Houses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It’s a common saying that accidents usually happen in the home. So why not take the necessary steps to make things like break-ins, fires and accidents less likely to happen within the walls of your house? Here are a few tips to keep the bad stuff at bay.

Fire:

  1. Have a smoke alarm installed and ensure that you regularly check that it’s in good working order.
  2. Have a fire extinguisher for every 55 square metres of living space.
  3. Never leave lit cigarettes unattended and never smoke in bed.
  4. Don’t warm your clothing on your heater.
  5. Be especially cautious between 22:00 and 08:00 as half of deaths in domestic fires happen between these hours.

Theft:

  1. Store your valuables in your child’s sock drawer; it’s unlikely that burglars will look there.
  2. Plant plants with thorns under your ground floor windows, it will make it harder for burglars to gain access.
  3. If a worker or a stranger uses your bathroom, make sure that the bathroom window is latched when he/she leaves.
  4. When walking to your car in a parking lot, keep your keys in your hand; this will make you less vulnerable than looking for your keys when you get to your car AND a key protruding from between your knuckles can be used as a self-defence weapon.

Child Safety:

  1. Install bars on all your windows, not only will this deter burglars, it will also prevent your small child from falling out the window.
  2. Teach your children pool safety: never dive head-first into unknown water, never swim alone, never swim without adult supervision and never jump or hang onto another person in the pool.

Accidents are inevitable but it’s worth it to try to prevent them as much as we can.