This article comes from Safewise.
A home safety evaluation is a thorough assessment of potential hazards in and around your home. Potential hazards include anything that could cause personal injury, lead to a fire or flooding in your home, or jeopardize your safety by making it easy for an intruder to enter your home.
Also called a home safety audit, a security evaluation is a great tool to discover what concrete steps you need to take so that your home is as safe as possible for everyone in your family, in any situation that arises.
You can undertake a home safety audit on your own by identifying common household hazards and checking in on them regularly. Here’s how to get started.
With so many aspects of home safety to consider, you may wish to break up your home safety evaluation based on a specific topic, like fire safety or home security. That way you can tackle similar tasks all at once to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
You could also break up the assessment by room or based on specific needs. For example, you could assess your house or apartment before a new mom and baby come home from the hospital, or in preparation of an older relative moving in with you. From there, you can evaluate your family’s home safety plan in those specific areas.
Ultimately, the goal of a comprehensive home safety audit is to check everything, including the walkway leading to your front door and the electrical circuits running through the walls. As you make your list of things to check, don’t discount anything; even the most mundane elements, from chimney cleanliness to plant toxicity, should be evaluated.
During the process of your home safety evaluation, you will invariably find things that need repair or replacement. We advise prioritizing those into three categories: general safety at home, home security, and emergency planning.
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