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Protect your investment: How to have a safe home

If you are like most Americans, your home is your biggest investment. It’s also where you live, spend time with family and friends and make memories. Having a safe home is key because you want to protect your investment.

What is a safe home? It is one that is free of trip-and-fall hazards and other dangers. The truth is, we spend a lot of time at home and many injuries are caused by things in the home that can be easily fixed. Here are four things to do today to make your home safer. Everyone deserves a safe home:

Eliminate fall risks

One of the most common ways people are injured in the home is by falling. And this risk increases as you age, meaning Baby Boomers need to pay close attention! Luckily, this is an easy fix. Remove throw rugs, check outdoor lighting and audit your bathroom to make sure you have grab bars and stable surfaces.

Don’t keep things on your stairs and check your windows, railings and porches to make sure they are in tip-top shape and have proper locks and latches.

Fire safety

This one is a no-brainer: Make sure you have working, properly maintained smoke detectors. This needs to be checked twice a year – many folks do it in the spring and fall when they change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Also, invest in a fire extinguisher and keep it handy and well-maintained.

Guns and weapons

If you have guns or other weapons, keep them locked up and unloaded – especially if you have a young child. Invest in a quality safe and make sure it is always secure.

Pet patrol

If you have pets, especially dogs that are territorial or aggressive, invest in a training course. It might also be a good idea to invest in a solid fence, if you haven’t already. Keeping your pets contained and trained can help reduce the risk that your animal will hurt a visitor or neighbor – or someone in your own family.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices see the results of people failing to maintain a safe home. Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured at (614) 467-8474!