Guest Post: How to Improve Safety, Security, and Stress in Your Home for Better Health
We all want to feel happier and healthier in our homes. Creating this sense of security can help reduce stress
and improve the quality of life for your family. So, how can you increase the health and safety of your home? You can start by focusing on home improvements that matter most.
Safety should always be a top concern for homeowners and a top priority when it comes to taking better care of your health. Here are some tips for improving your home’s safety:
Complete Safety Checks in a New Home
If you are planning to move into a new home, completing simple safety checks could help your family avoid major hazards and emergencies. Start by ensuring that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are connected and working, and also confirm that your new home has fire extinguishers in the appropriate locations. If you do own fire extinguishers, it’s also important to make check for expiration dates so you will be prepared for home emergencies.
Create an Emergency Plan and Supply Kit
Your family also needs an emergency preparedness plan to stay protected from common household hazards and accidents. Keep in mind that some emergencies, such as fires, will require you to get out of your home, whereas other emergencies, such as severe storms, may require you to shelter in place. To keep your family safe during the latter, you should also create an emergency kit, complete with high-quality flashlights and plenty of fresh batteries.
Check for Fall Hazards in Each Room
When you think of home emergencies, you may think about fires and other disasters. But have you given any thought to reducing fall risks in your home? Falls can be dangerous for people of all ages, but they can be especially risky for seniors. So, if you are a senior or have seniors who visit often, double-check your home for potential fall hazards, including wires, rugs, and clutter.
Security should be another factor when making health and safety improvements around your home. Increasing security can provide relief from stress since you will know your home and family are protected, but it can also be helpful if an issue arises. Here’s how to improve yours.
Consider Installing Smart Locks on Doors
A smart and simple way to enhance the security of your home is with upgraded smart locks. Smart locks can eliminate the need for keys, which can be easily lost and then used by criminals to gain access to your home, plus they make it easier to grant access for visitors. With many smart locks, you can lock and unlock your doors using an app on your smartphone, which can be helpful if your kids forget their codes/keys or if you’re not sure if you locked your doors.
Create Strong Connections with Neighbors
Technology, including smart locks and security systems, can definitely provide a layer of protection for your family. If you want to increase the safety of your neighborhood and decrease your worries about break-ins. However, the most important improvement you can make is to get to know your neighbors. Creating community connections can drive crime down and create a greater sense of safety for all members of that community, which can also help relieve stress.
Last but not least, you need to ensure your home is a sanctuary from stress. Luckily, you can accomplish this by making one simple but impactful change to your home.
Clear Out Any Clutter and Keep All Spaces Tidy
If you want to help your family feel less stressed at home, you should try cleaning things up. Cleaning is a pretty efficient stress-reliever but keeping your home organized and tidy can also help to reduce feelings of stress in the first place. So, whether you want to turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary or create more zen spaces, clearing out clutter should be your first step.
Helping your family feel safer in your home can help improve their well-being. Plus, the projects above can prevent household accidents, which can mean more health and happiness for all.
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