Resolve to boost home safety next year
Some New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement — and often they’re much easier to keep.
Boosting home safety in 2014 can be as simple as moving a flatscreen TV from a TV stand to a wall mount, or setting your smartphone to remind you when it’s time to change the batteries in smoke detectors. Here are a couple of vital but easy home safety resolutions everyone should undertake for the new year:
1. Wall mount your flatscreen TV — or at the very least secure it.
The average flatscreen weighs 50 pounds, and packs more than enough heft to injure children and even adults if it tips over on a person. Minimizing the risk of such tragedy is as simple as wall mounting your flatscreen TV.
Homeowners have many options for wall mounting a TV, from mounts that keep the set flush against the wall to ones with a full range of tilt and motion. Check out www.sanus.com to use the simple mount-finding tool that will recommend a Sanus mount that’s right for your set.
2. Get better acquainted with your smoke detectors.
Most of us move into a house with smoke detectors and don’t think about them at all until they start to beep to alert us to a draining battery. Take a look at your detectors. If they’re more than eight to 10 years old, you should replace them with newer models, regardless of whether they’re battery-powered or hard-wired with a battery backup, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.