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Home Safety Checklist For Starting the New Year

The beginning of the new year is one of the best times to create a home safety checklist. This list can cover a wide range of topics, as writing everything down ahead of time helps you stay organized. You also won’t have to worry about forgetting anything by making a checklist. Focusing on safety also reduces the chance of you having to make any claims on your home insurance. Of course, creating a checklist requires some time, but it is well worth the effort to keep you and your family safe.

Here is an overview of all the essential items you need to include on your home safety checklist for the new year.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
One of the first items to include on your safety checklist is to test all of your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. You can perform this test by holding down the carbon monoxide detector and waiting for it to beep. A smoke detector can also be tested in a similar way. Replacing the batteries for both of these devices is always important. Keeping these devices clean and free of debris is also key to staying safe.

Review Your Emergency Plan
Another important aspect of a home safety checklist is to review your emergency plan with your loved ones. Making sure everyone understands the plan for responding to emergencies is essential to safety. An emergency plan should focus on how you will react to different situations, such as knowing where to go and how to stay in communication. Putting together a disaster supplies kit is also helpful in allowing you to respond quickly to different emergencies.

Update Your Inventory List
A disaster can strike your home and cause you to lose most of your valuable positions in a blink of an eye. One way to prepare for such a dire situation is to keep an inventory list up-to-date that includes all of your valuable items. An updated inventory list makes it much easier to file an insurance claim. Creating a detailed inventory list on your phone or computer while uploading this information to the cloud is a great way to keep it safe at all times.

Replace Your HVAC Filters
A dirty air filter doesn’t only put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system, but it also pollutes the air within your home. All of this excess dust in the air can make it difficult to breathe, especially if you suffer from allergies. Replacing your air filter every few months is an easy way to keep your indoor air clean, and it can even save you money on your utility bill. Getting your HVAC system inspected by professionals is also a good idea for staying safe by making sure everything is working efficiently.

Inspect All of Your Pipes
Pipes in your home can eventually leak or even bust due to a lack of maintenance. Getting your pipes inspected for any signs of leaks is a great way to remain proactive. Scheduling repairs for any leaks can help you avoid water damage in your home while also saving you from a lot of stress. You can perform these inspections on your own or reach out to a local plumber for a more thorough inspection of your plumbing system.

Consider Investing in a Security System
Dealing with a home break-in is a scary experience. Installing a home security system is an effective way to deter criminal activity while keeping you and your personal belongings safe. A home security system can even help you save money on your home insurance. You will have greater peace of mind while providing your home with the best protection available.

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