Simple Home Maintenance Checks That Could Save Your Life

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Home improvements are often focused on cosmetic changes. We have a tendency to make updates when we want to improve our environment or a add new function. But it’s also important to keep on top of home maintenance. This will prevent damage to your home and will ensure you and your family remain safe.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking safety for granted. However, thousands of Australians are hospitalised each year after an accident in the home. Whether you live in a rented or owned property or you’re renovating a doer upper, these simple maintenance tips will keep your family safe.

Electricity

Never underestimate electricity. It can kill. When installed and maintained properly it is safe to use, and most of us take it for granted. In modern day society where would we be without it? To ensure your family’s continued safety, there are a few simple checks you can make.

The first thing to mention is to always enlist the help of an electrician to fix problems. Don’t tackle them yourself. Professionals are qualified, trained and possess all the necessary safety equipment.

Never overload power outlets. For example, don’t use several extension cables in one socket. A power load calculator can help you check. But if you’re unsure, ask a professional.

Check your outlets and cables for signs of damage or wear and tear. This is a quick and simple visual check. Make sure that all cables are in good condition and they are not covered. Don’t place cables under carpets or rugs. If you notice signs of damage, disconnect and cease use immediately. Switch off all electrical items when they are not in use.

Never take an electrical item powered by the mains into the bathroom.

Avoid Falls

Falls are one of the most common accidents, and they frequently occur in the home. Start with the exterior and remove any obvious tripping hazards. Check drives and walkways for signs of damage. This is particularly important following inclement weather when concrete can be eroded.

Install outside lighting to make it easier when entering and exiting your home at night. This will also help protect against home intruders.

Within the home, avoiding tripping hazards is mostly common sense. Remove any unnecessary clutter and always keep the hall and stairs clear. Check your flooring for signs of wear. Unsecured carpets, holes in rugs, etc. can all cause you to trip.

Indoor footwear is also important. Wear slippers or indoor shoes rather than socks. Take extra on wooden flooring or in the bathroom kitchen. Mop up any excess moisture on the floor.

Fire

Fire is another hazard that could be fatal. So it’s important to take steps to prevent this. Maintaining your electricity and wiring is important as electrical faults can cause fire. So make sure you follow the steps above.

Keeping your home free from clutter is also important, especially in the kitchen. If a fire does break out, clutter will help it to spread.

Most fires start in the kitchen, so it is important to take extra precautions. Check that home textiles and other materials are kept away from heat sources and the cooker. Always turn pan handles inwards and don’t leave them unattended. Children should always be supervised in the kitchen. Keep everything clean and in good working order to prevent grease buildup.

Always put out cigarettes carefully and check they are out. Never smoke in bed. Other naked flames such as candles should always be supervised. Never leave a candle unattended.

Check your smoke alarms at least once a month and establish a fire escape route. Make sure your family is aware of how to get out of the home in an emergency.

Make a note in your diary to go through these checks on a regular basis. Most maintenance checks are quick and simple, but they could save your life.