As exterior home improvement contractors, we find we spend more time inside during the winter in Minneapolis. You probably do, too. We have some tips to share with you on staying safe while you’re seeking refuge from the cold and snow indoors. When it comes to making the home safer, you should follow some simple steps. Here is a list of the common dangers within your home that you should be aware of.
- Place contact information and important numbers by the phone.
- Always have a wired, landline phone in the home; remember, cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power failure.
- Area rugs should have a nonskid backing or anti-slip mat underneath.
- The water heater should be set at 120° or lower to prevent burns.
- Chemicals and cleaners should be stored up and away from children.
- Pan handles should be on the inside or turned while in use.
- Knives should be in a locked drawer or knife out of the reach of children.
- Cooking appliances should be kept away from curtains and other materials.
- A flashlight with batteries should be stored somewhere within reach of your bed.
- Nightlights should be used in the bedrooms and in bathrooms.
- All mobile phones should be stored by the bed with a charger for quick access.
- Any quartz area lights should be two feet or more from any curtains or bedding.
- Mats should be non-skid inside tubs and showers.
- Electrical appliances should not be used within the bathroom area.
- Grab bars should be installed around the bathtub and toilet for small children and seniors.
- Smoke alarms should be installed in hallways and attics. The batteries should be checked each time the clocks are changed for daylight savings.
- Fire extinguishers should be checked each month and replaced as recommended on the labels.
- All 911 procedures should be understood and known how to do with all family members.
- An escape plan should be made and given to all members of the family.
Accidents in the home are common in the colder months of the year, and Window Outfitters wants to ensure that everyone is safe while they are inside their homes.
As we move into the warmer months, you may be thinking about the outside of your home. We are able to help improve the look of the home with exterior home improvement products such as maintenance-free windows and siding that are safe to use but also beautiful on the outside of the home. If you’re thinking about fixing up the outside of your Minneapolis-area home, call us today at (952) 746-6661. We’re a full-service exterior home improvement contractor serving the Minneapolis metro area, including the communities of Eagan, Rosemount, and Apple Valley.