What Are Some General Home Safety Tips?

If there’s one place you should always feel safe, it’s in your own home. It’s your castle, after all—a place of refuge, privacy, and security.

Simple steps—like treating prescription medications with caution, being careful about what you share online, locking your doors and windows, and switching from burning candles to LED “faux” candles—can significantly increase your safety at home. Here are some ways you can put these general home safety tips into action in your home.

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Take special care in storing and monitoring prescription medications

According to the National Safety Council, the number-one cause of accidental death in America is poisoning, typically by unintentional drug overdose of prescription drugs.1 This has come about, at least in part, due to over-prescribing of painkillers.

Of all the home safety tips you can implement, this could be the one that saves your life or the life of someone you know: it’s very easy to accidentally overdose on prescription opioids. They cause drowsiness, confusion, and cravings for more of the medication. Protect your family by employing these tips:

  1. Be careful with your prescription medication. Use a pill case with a timer, or ask a family member to help you with timing your doses.
  2. Be aware that burglars are looking for these drugs. If you take opioid pain medication—or any medication—don’t dispose of the empty bottles in the trash or recycling. Instead, bring them to a pharmacy that offers pill bottle recycling.
  3. Don’t mention that you are on medication in front of people you don’t know. When you are at the park with your kids or in the waiting room at your doctor’s office or even at the pharmacy, don’t share your medical situation with anyone.

Be cautious in what you share online

We live in a wired world where many people share a lot of information on social media sites and, unwittingly, other parts of the web. Even if your profiles are protected, any hacker worth a grain of salt can get to them. Keep these online safety tips in mind:

  1. Don’t share information that could compromise your safety. That means don’t advertise that you are going on vacation or to the hospital for a long stay.
  2. Never use “out of office replies” on your personal email accounts. Anyone could send you an email to easily find out that you are out of town—and how long you’ll be absent.
  3. Turn off geo-tagging on your cellphone camera. If you post an item for sale on Craigslist, eBay, or a similar site, a savvy burglar with a free geo-tag reader will know the exact location of that boat or car or piece of jewelry you’re selling and may come to get it.

Find the easy way into your house and fix it

Lots of home security tips cover the importance of reliable locks on your doors and windows, but when did you last check yours? All locks should be sturdy and well maintained if you want them to do their job well. Even the best locks won’t do much if they’re not used, though, so try to make a habit of locking every window and door in your home—plus garage doors and storm doors, if you have them—every day.

Put out those candles

One of the best home safety tips is this: fatality risk can be cut in half if you have a working fire alarm.2 To further decrease your risk, replace your tea lights, tapers, and scented candles with LED faux candles. They look real and are available in various sizes and scents. And, if they fall over, there is no flame to endanger you and your loved ones.

Consider a home security system

Home security systems have come a long way in the past few years, and the exciting part is that you can start by installing a $20 window alarm on your own. Full DIY systems are available for less than $250. DIY is not the only option, either. There are many excellent choices, both monitored and unmonitored, so the process of safeguarding your home can be personal and empowering for you and your family.


Sources

  1. National Safety Council, “Injury Facts: The Source for Safety Data.” Accessed November 12, 2021.
  2. National Fire Protection Association, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires.” Accessed November 12, 2021.

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Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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