Thursday, March 2, 2017

Preventing Home Emergencies

Every homeowner dreads unexpected emergencies. If something goes wrong at home, it can be costly and inconvenient. It’s not possible to prevent every home emergency, but there are some things you can do to keep your home safe and reduce the risk of problems around the house. Here are some simple tips to bear in mind.

Securing your home
We like to think of our homes as comfortable nests where we feel relaxed and safe. The thought of somebody breaking in can be incredibly distressing. If you don’t already have security measures in place, it may be time to have a think about beefing up your home security. You don’t need to go wild and put up barbed wire fences, but installing an alarm and some outdoor lighting will make a difference. It’s also essential to keep your windows and doors locked and to keep valuables out of sight. If you’re going away, don’t announce it to the world on social media, and try and make it look like somebody is home. Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries, and leave a light on.

Preventative maintenance checks
If your washing machine breaks, your refrigerator is on the blink or the water heater is making strange noises, you may be expecting a hefty repair bill. You can’t run appliances forever, but booking regular checks and services will help to prolong their lifespan, and save you money. If you haven’t had your washing machine, dryer, oven or refrigerator looked at for a while, take a look at If your water heater is due for a service, call the engineer and book an appointment. It’s much cheaper to pay for a service or a replacement part than buying new appliances or investing in a new heating system.

Fire safety
A fire at home can have devastating consequences. When you’re cooking, make sure you pay attention to the stove at all times, and turn the heat off if pans start to boil over or there’s oil splashing all over the place. Always ensure you switch off and unplug curling tongs and hair straighteners, and avoid smoking in the house. Test the batteries in your smoke alarm on a regular basis. If you don’t have smoke alarms at home, they cost a few dollars, and they could save your life. It’s also wise to have carbon monoxide detectors, as well as fire blankets and a small extinguisher. If you’d like more information about fire safety at home, you should find this page helpful

If you notice a leak from the ceiling, try and address it as quickly as possible. It may turn out to be nothing to worry about, but leaks tend to get worse with time, especially if bad weather is forecast. Leaks from the ceiling may indicate problems with the roof. If you seek advice immediately, you can reduce the risk of further issues, which could result in extensive damage to your home, and expensive repairs.

Nobody wants to think about the prospect of home emergencies, but there’s always a risk of things going wrong. It’s best to be prepared and to try and prevent problems before they arise.

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