June welcomes the official start of summer which means barbeques, pool parties, backyard camping, and of course, home improvement projects (just in time for Father’s Day). In honor of National Safety Month this June, check out a few of our suggestions for making your home a little safer and efficient.
Change the refrigerator water filter and clean the ice maker
If you have a water dispenser in your fridge, you should change the filter at least every six months.
And don’t neglect that ice maker. The frosty crust that develops over time will prevent it from working correctly, so defrost and clean it every time you replace the fridge filter.
2. Bedrooms and living areas
Consider installing an alarm system
You may be surprised to learn that rates of larceny and burglary rise in the summer.1 Between the nice sunny weather and the height of travel season, June leaves a lot of houses empty and unguarded from intruders.
If spring hit you hard with allergies, pollen may not be the only culprit. Before starting up the ceiling fan for the summer, clean off the blades and dust all the fans in your house. All the dust and debris could be adding to your allergies.
While you’re looking up, check for dead lightbulbs around the house as well.
Check and repair ripped window screens
Summer is prime insect season. If every winged, crawling thing seems to find its way into your home, check your window screens. Even a small hole or rip could be a welcome sign for bugs to enter your home.
For small holes, repair tape will suffice. If the damage is bad enough, you may have to replace the screen completely.
Test and change detector batteries
Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t do much if they aren’t charged and connected. So test these important safety devices at least once a month (earplugs encouraged). Make it easier on yourself by stocking up on batteries to keep on hand—your smoke and fire detectors will thank you.
Update first aid kit
Hiking, biking, and swimming during the summer can keep you and your family busy and active. But accidents happen, so don’t forget to stock up on basic first-aid supplies like bandages, disinfectant, and more.
You probably open your medicine cabinet every day. But take a moment this month to look closely at it. Get rid of anything that’s long expired, like medications, sunscreen, cosmetics, and other personal care products.
Inspect and repair outdoor play equipment
If you’ve got a jungle gym or playground in your backyard, take a close look at it before the kids can get to it. Loose screws, rust, and splinters can lead to injuries and even hospital visits without the right precautions.
Secure paint and other flammable materials
Most flammable liquids, including some paints, don’t hold up well under heat. Make sure your store them in the optimal room temperatures indicated on the product label.
Organize the shed and garage
Before you jump into gardening and outdoor season, clean out the shed and garage so all your favorite tools are easy to reach. Donate or throw away tools you don’t use anymore, especially old power tools that could be a hazard to kids. Dangerous chemicals like antifreeze should also be stored properly and organized. Be sure to dispose of any expired materials properly too.
June Home Maintenance FAQ
How can I save energy on cooling this summer?
As the temperature rises, so can your energy bill. Keep your home cool and your monthly bills low by keeping the windows closed while the AC is on, using curtains to block out sunlight, and using the ceiling fan to circulate air.
You can also invest in a smart thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and keep your energy bills low.
What are some fun (and safe) things to do in June?
There’s so much to do in summer at home and on vacation. Hiking, biking, going to the lake, visiting local farmers’ markets, summer concerts, movie nights in the backyard, and barbeques are some of our favorites.
How can I be safe on the water this summer?
Whether it’s in the backyard pool, local watering hole, or on the coast, be sure to practice a few precautions when around water this summer. Keep an eye on kids, even in the kiddie pool, and bring plenty of sunscreen. If you’re on a boat, avoid drinking and driving, keep enough life vests for all your passengers, and store a radio or walkie talkie on board.
Katie McEntire has tested home security systems in her own apartment, installed GPS trackers in her own car, and watched her cat, Toki, nap all day through a live nanny cam feed. As an expert reviewer, she believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products (even if it requires being the guinea pig). She specializes in pet safety and DIY security and has contributed to publications like DigitalCare.org and TechGuySmartBuy. Learn more