New Year’s Resolutions – Make Your Home Safer

Are you someone who makes resolutions every year? Many people do – lose that extra 20 pounds, exercise regularly, keep your temper when the dog makes you crazy. But while you’re making personal ones, how about adding in a few to make your home safer for you and your family?

Here are a few ideas that can make a difference.

Read Safety Instructions: Every product manufacturer provides safety instructions to go with installation or use manuals. Take the time to read them. You may find that some of your assumptions of safety measures are misguided or outdated.

Bath Safety: Consider installing safety bars in your showers or baths. For children, older people, or anyone at any age, the bars can help avoid accidents on wet slippery floors. Make sure they are drilled into the studs, so that they stay where they’re supposed to when you use them.

Fire Safety: It’s tempting to burn those after holiday stacks of boxes and gift wrap in the fireplace, but sparks and an overheated fire can create real safety problems. Stick with standard fireplace fare and put boxes in recycling instead.

DIY Safety: When working with tools, always use safety glasses. Make sure your tool box also includes a first-aid kit, work gloves and ear protection gear. Depending on the project, you may also need a dust mask or respirator. Read instructions and plan for safety when you plan to do it yourself.

When you’re making your resolutions, include one or more designed to keep your home and family safe and secure. And have a happy 2011!