Recent world events may have you feeling concerned about your family’s safety. Statistics from a survey done by the Zebra highlight the increasing pattern of injuries, fires, and energy inefficiency, proving the need to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of your family. Let’s explore practical but easy measures that’ll guide you in maintaining the safety and well-being of your family home and improving its energy efficiency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 132 million United States patients visit emergency rooms annually. 30% of these visits are injury related. This percentage is alarming, and (CDC) advises proactive responsibility to lower these numbers.
Start by installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Installing these detectors in your family home, preferably in the hallway and near sleeping areas, is appropriate. Avoid areas with poor air circulation. More important, ensure it’s installed by professionals in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Consider Incorporating Recent Advances In Technology
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical failures caused four hundred deaths and one thousand five hundred and twenty injuries in 2010. New technology, such as tamper-resistant receptacles (TRR), is so effective that the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) demanded installation in all new homes.
Enforce Protective Measures For Children
According to recent National Safe Kids Campaign research, 40% of fires harm mostly children. The study notes that the fires were started by children playing with smoking-related products such as matches and cigarettes. It’s, therefore, critical that children are left under the supervision of adults.
Prepare First-Aid Kits
A first-aid kit is crucial in responding effectively to injuries. Ensure your family members know how to use the tools in the kit and their location appropriately. Ensure the tool kit has the necessary first-aid provisions.
Have A Family Fire Escape Plan
In a fire, getting out of the house as fast as possible is important. A well-practiced escape plan can help your family escape a fire emergency with minimal, if any, injuries. The escape plan should have two routes if one is blocked by fire. It should also have a designated meeting point to ensure everyone is accounted for.
Protect Your Home from Potential Fires
According to statistics by Zebra, residential buildings account for 30% of all fires, highlighting the need to take necessary precautions. Safeguard your family and home from the devastating consequences of fire by keeping fire extinguishers in easily accessible areas. It’s also important to identify persons in charge of such buildings and ensure they conduct training on using fire extinguishers.
Practice Fire-Safe Habits
Avoid leaving cooking food unattended and ensure no open fires before leaving a room. Dispose of used cigarettes appropriately and keep matches out of the reach of children. Educate your family on fire safety, including the dangers of playing with fire. Also, teach them about the appropriate use of emergency exits. If you’re living in a rented house, confirm the owners of the home have installed carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Observe Energy Efficiency
Heat can escape from your home and into the outdoors through a process known as conduction. Conduction is the transfer of heat through window frames and glass materials. If your home’s windows are poorly insulated or constructed with low thermal resistance, such as single-pane glass, they can cause heat loss during winter. Similarly, in hot weather, poorly insulated windows can allow excess heat to penetrate the building, leading to higher cooling demands and increased energy usage.
Heat gain and heat loss are responsible for 20-35% of residential energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Improving energy efficiency lowers your consumption bill and reduces the negative impact of energy inefficiency on your environment and family home.
You can protect your family and home by proactively preventing the risk of injuries, fires, and energy inefficiency. Implement the suggested measures in this article to create a secure, comfortable home with a great living environment for your family. Safety must always be a priority; actions to improve energy efficiency benefit your family and the environment. Embrace these actions to make a significant contribution to the well-being of your family and the environment.