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Home Safety Month – Safeguard your home from dangers

Since June is recognized as Home Safety Month, it seems an appropriate time to think about some basic safety facts that people seem to forget:

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Plan for emergencies
– I’m embarrassed to admit that last night, as we were having severe lightning storms, I realized that two of my flashlights had dead batteries.   Making sure that you have emergency gear should be something you think about before you actually need it!  This includes:

  • Working flashlights
  • Checking that smoke detectors and CO detectors are functioning
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Several gallons of water
  • Fire extinguishers

Also be sure that you always keep your cell phone charged in case of power outages.

feature-home-security-house-moonSecure your home – Whether it’s “traditional” breaking & entering or home invasions, no community is immune to this threat.  Install a home monitoring system like COX Homelife that will allow you to place cameras outside your front door to see who’s there before opening.   When you’re not home 24/7 Monitoring & Response is always-available and if an alarm is tripped, the Cox Homelife monitoring center will notify you immediately.

Be sure that the outside of your home is well lit and not obstructed by plants or shrubs.  When you’re away, use your Homelife system to schedule lights being turned on and off at random times so that it appears the home is occupied.

Reduce the risk of falls – Falls are the leading cause of accidents in the home.  Safeguard against injuries to toddlers, seniors and all family members by keeping some of these tips in mind:

  • Install gates at the top of staircases with a mechanism that will prevent them from opening over the staircase
  • Make sure that both inside and outside stairs are well lit and free of toys, clutter and wet leaves. With the COX Homelife system you can have lights go on when motion is sensed so if you or your child is walking down the hall in the dark a light will go on.
  • Be sure that you have grab bars in all of your tubs. Falls are the leading cause of injury in the bathroom for both toddlers and seniors

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