Smoke out fire hazards
positioned near bedrooms and the furnace to warn when the gas collects in high levels. A bill signed into law in May 2010 requires that all homes in California must have CO detectors installed by July 2011. If you have children in your home, find a secure place for medicines and household cleaners, and install safety locks on cabinets and drawers to keep dangerous substances out of reach.
Create safety plans for your home and make sure every member of the family is on board. Outline escape routes from bedrooms, be sure everyone knows how to unlock doors and windows, and designate a meeting area outside of the home in case of a fire, earthquake, or other disaster. Also, familiarize yourself with your neighborhood and drive the routes to the nearest hospital, fire and police stations.
By the numbers
Let everyone know your name
One of the best security systems can be found right next door. Neighbors look out for each other, and each other’s homes, and can provide much needed assistance in an emergency. If you haven’t already done so, introduce yourself and your family to everyone on the block and consider swapping phone numbers. When you’re in need of help, they could be at your door faster than emergency workers.
Whether you're just moving into your home, or you've lived there for years, the safety of you and your family is most important. After all, the sooner you prepare yourself and your home for a disaster, the sooner you can live in your home feeling safe and sound.