Home Safety 101: Things To Keep In Mind For A Protected Abode

It’s quite natural to be carried away by how great your place would look post the interior design overhaul! Usually, while doing up your home, the emphasis is on the utility and aesthetics. A lot of thought that goes into walls, flooring, furniture, fixtures and lighting.

However, how often do you think about how safe your abode is? Can you safely say that it is protected from the mishaps that usually threaten the security of a home - the most common of them being a fire or theft?

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Calamities rarely arrive with a warning! It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you consider these points to protect your abode!

Things To Keep In Mind To Keep Your Home Safe!

There are certain areas of the house that require some special attention in order to ensure that they do not become a threat to the safety of your home and family members. This list puts the spotlight on these areas and suggests practical ways to ensure that your safety is never compromised. Read on to know more! And.... Do not forget to download the visual slideshow to keep it handy for later...

1. Be Wary Of Cooking Gas…

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Almost all Indian homes have a gas connection, either in the form of cylinders with compressed LPG or a piped connection.

It is essential to have one since relying on electrical appliances alone is risky as there are many areas that are prone to frequent power cuts or fluctuations. However, there are certain risks associated with them.

Not being careful with the cooking gas can potentially lead to a leak, and to an explosion. Therefore, measures to ensure that this danger does not strike is essential. A few ways to do this are listed below.

  • During the purchase and installation of stoves, cylinders etc. ensure that the objects are completely free from defects and the piping is perfect.

  • Pay special attention to turning off the gas carefully after it is used. Check once at night before sleeping to ensure that it is off.

  • Schedule professional check-ups for your gas equipment from time to time in order to ensure that there are no small leaks or snags which could have escaped your notice.

  • Install a gas safety device which can identify issues and potential threats more effectively.

  • Maintain the equipment properly in order to ensure that it works perfectly. It should be free of food particles, oil stains and dust at all times.

What should you do in case of a leak…

In case you suspect a gas leak, DO NOT switch on or off, light switches or anything electrical. Open all the windows and doors!

Contact the gas provider for immediate rectification.

Refer to the handy tools below to use in case of a fire!

2. ‘Wire’ It Right…

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Wiring is another area which requires special emphasis. We use electrical objects all the time, even when we are not at home (refrigerator). A mistake in the wiring or a defective wire or some other minor aberration can cause a short circuit and can pose the risk of an object becoming electrically charged. To prevent this, here are a few safety tips.

  • The source of electricity to your home, be it a common one (like in an apartment) or an individual one should be well covered and protected.

  • Wiring should not be left in visible and easily accessible places as far as possible; If there is no other go, the wires should be safely encased and tucked neatly away in corners. In fact, installing false ceilings is a great idea to make sure all the wires are hidden and also up the style quotient!

  • Automatic ‘Trips’ or mechanisms by which a potential disaster can be avoided by cutting off the electricity if a wire goes out of place.

If there’s a short-circuit…

Contact the local electrician immediately!

3. Don’t Ignore The Danger From Your Appliances…

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We have heard of the stray electrical appliance such as an oven going evil and catching fire. Though these are extreme cases, we cannot rule out such instances. Also, there are more minor threats posed by some common household appliances, especially the kitchen where most of the appliances are stored!

Some devices specifically require more attention than the others since they pose a higher risk. These are electrical iron boxes, water heaters, radiators and refrigerators. Here are some action points to protect your appliances and more importantly, your home.

  • Pair each electrical device with a plug point or socket based on the amps or heaviness of the device in terms of electricity consumption. Washing machines, dishwashers etc. must be plugged into a plug that can bear the heavy flow of electricity. If you cannot identify this yourself, call an electrician to label the sockets based on their capacity and use them accordingly.

  • Install stabilisers for various electrical appliances so that fluctuations in power do not affect them and in turn, protect your home

  • For smaller electric devices such as rice cookers and kettles, opt for models which have an auto-off feature. This way, there won’t be any harm even if you forget to switch them off.

4. ‘Fireproof’ Your Home…

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When renovating your home, consider materials that help reduce the spread of fire - allowing time to escape in the event of a catastrophe. It is important to know that no material is entirely fire-resistant. Try to use fire-safe plywood for your furniture and fixtures. Opt for fire-retardant coatings that can be applied over the paints on your walls.

5. Keep Your Home Secure…

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Protecting your home and its inhabitants against burglars is important not only to secure your belongings and valuables but also because such people will not think twice before hurting someone severely in order to get what they want.

We never know who is observing our homes with the intention of deciding when is the best time to break in. It is also unwise to trust maids, drivers, gardeners and other helpers since they might unintentionally pass on information about the house that is crucial for predators. Constant vigilance should be a given. Here are some tips to ensure your protection.

  • Ensure that all the entrances to your home have a reliable locking mechanism in place and they are used except when people need to enter or exit the house

  • Put in place a safety mechanism for the windows and balconies. Depending on the size and design, they must have a locking system or some way by which entry into the house is barred through them.

  • You can also opt for designer grills to keep your windows protected.

  • A CCTV camera at the entrance so that you know who is at the door before opening it. This is useful especially if there are older people or children in the house.

Some handy tools to help you increase the safety of your home…

These are some additional tools you could keep handy to be assured of the safety of your home!

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1. A Fire Extinguisher…

Not necessarily the bulky red ones seen in buildings. Even a homemade fire extinguisher will do.

2. Indicators…  

To alert you about electrical issues. These can be installed near the meters or control switches in the house.

3. Smoke Or Fire Alarm…

This is necessary, especially in the kitchen! It serves as a fair warning and can help you avert a disaster!

4. Door Safety…

You can install door chains, internal locks and hinge screws to protect from intruders. Additionally, you could also install an electronic mechanism that allows you to check who’s at the door!

Remember, having a beautiful home doesn’t mean compromising on a safe one!

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