A home is a haven for building your passion. It’s where you can develop your love for cooking, crafting, writing, or other activities you wish to pursue. It’s also where you can help your children start developing their own interests as they learn to explore the world around them.
Thus, it’s important for one’s home to be a safe, carefree environment for all members of the family. Here are a few simple practices for a safer home.
1. Lock doors and windows at all times. Ever heard of the expression, trust in God, but lock your car (well, in this case, house)? Locking your door is key to home security. If you aren’t expecting visitors, use your peephole or a security monitor to check who’s at the door before opening it. Don’t hesitate to contact the guards when necessary. If you’re leaving the house, train your household helpers in basic safety practices and warn them against phone scams and other modus operandi. Condominiums like Commonwealth by Century have integrated closed-circuit cameras, round-the-clock security personnel, and tight safety processes in place for the benefit of its community.”
2. Invest in smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher. Be sure to replace the batteries and test your smoke detectors every six months. Fire extinguishers should be serviced annually.
3. Switch off and unplug electrical appliances when not in use. With the exception of your refrigerator (you don’t want your food to go bad!), make sure to unplug all your appliances, especially when you are not home. Check for faulty wiring and don’t overload your electrical outlets.
4. Keep toxic materials out of reach. Put the proper labels on materials like household cleaning items, insect sprays, and medications. Keep them out of your children’s reach by storing them in secure cabinets.
5. Store sharp tools properly. Put potentially dangerous tools like hammers, scissors, and knives away immediately after use. Never leave these lying around to avoid untoward incidents.
6. Always check for loose or unstable items. Inspect the bolts of your wall-mounted TV, door and cabinet hinges, bathroom mirrors, and other things that may loosen over time and use. Have them repaired once they start to hang precariously.
7. Immediately clean up dirt and spills. Remember, a clean home is a safe home. Keeping your house spic and span is one way to avoid sickness and injury. For time-consuming cleaning chores, you can hire professional house cleaners who can do the work for you more thoroughly and with the right tools.
8. Keep flashlights within reach. Save yourself the excruciating pain of stubbing your toe on a chair leg or tripping on an ottoman as you walk in the dark to go to the bathroom. Use a flashlight or a nightlight to help you find your way. It’ll come in handy during power outages, too.
9. Assemble an emergency kit. Nothing wrong with being prepared, right? Pack essential items you may need in a backpack in case of an emergency and put it in an accessible place. If you live in a condominium, you and your household should also take note of the nearest exits.
A basic emergency kit must include the following:
- Water (at least two liters per person)
- Food that won’t spoil such as canned food, energy bars, and dried foods (replace once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Battery-powered radio (with extra batteries)
- First aid kit
- Important family documents
10. Know who to call. Nope, not the Ghostbusters! (Though it might be good to have them on speed dial if you suspect your place is haunted.) We’re talking about your local government’s emergency numbers, hospital number, police station contacts, as well as your building administrator’s hotline. Commonwealth by Century has a fast-acting security staff who are on call 24/7. Tack all these numbers up in a place where everyone can see it. Don’t forget to include the following national hotlines:
- National Emergency Hotline: 911
- National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Hotlines: 911-5061 to 65
- Red Cross Hotline: 143
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline: 117
With regular practice, doing these safety measures helps you secure your home so you can stop worrying and focus on nurturing your relationships with the people you love.