For any homeowner, creating a safe environment for you and your family should be a top priority. While every home comes with its own set of safety hazards, luckily there are plenty of ways that you can effectively address these issues.
Whether you’re moving into a new home or building one from scratch, the first step is often to manage its safety levels. Some of these measures are required by law and will have to meet certain standards, whereas others are optional additions. What’s appropriate for your home will depend on its features, the needs of your family and your lifestyle.
To assist you in making these decisions, below are 6 safety measures that every home should have. These measures will help create a safer, more secure home that will provide protection for your family and increase its value and sellability too.
- Pool fencing
Pool safety laws vary from state to state in Australia, but generally, all swimming pools or spas more than 300 mm deep must have an appropriate safety barrier installed to limit access by young children. This is required by law, and all existing and new pools must follow these regulations. Every four years, you’ll need to get your pool fencing assessed by a government official to receive a compliance certificate which will then be submitted to your council.
Glass pool fencing has proven to be a highly popular option over the years, thanks to its modern, sleek design that doesn’t interfere with your landscape. It also has the added benefit of helping block out the wind while still allowing the sun in, creating the ideal conditions for an afternoon swim.
- Smoke alarms
Similar to pool fencing, the laws regarding smoke alarms in Australia differ across different states. Most states require that they’re installed in all houses, units, townhouses and flats, with most states enforcing that homes built after the mid to late 90s must have hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backups.
To ensure that your smoke alarm is in good working order, there are a few things you should get in the habit of doing. This includes:
- Changing the batteries at least once a year and being aware of low, short beeping sounds that will appear every 60 seconds when the battery is low.
- Testing your smoke alarm monthly by pressing the test button
- Vacuum them at least once a year to clean their vents
- Check if your model of smoke alarm has backup batteries that need to be replaced after a certain time
- Replacing your smoke alarm every 10 years
- Alarm system
Home alarm systems are one of the best measures of protection against intruders and robbers that you’ll find. Most of the time, if intruders can find their way into your home, the sound of an alarm system going off will scare them away before they can get to any of your belongings.
Smart alarm systems can be linked to your smart device, allowing you to be immediately notified of any abnormalities or threats that may be facing your home. This will help you decide whether to get the police or your security company involved and immediately stay on top of the safety of your family and your home.
- Security lights
By installing security lights around the perimeter of your home, you’ll be able to get rid of those dark shadows that intruders hide in and give them no place to hide. This makes it much harder for them to break into your home as you, your neighbours, pedestrians or your security cameras will be much more likely to spot them.
Smart security systems also allow you to set your lights on a scheduled timer, making it harder for intruders to know when you are home and plan out their break-in.
- Security cameras
Security cameras can work as both a deterrent to potential intruders and a recovery tool if your home is actually broken into and stolen from. The footage that you get from your cameras may be able to play an integral role in any investigations that take place, helping the authorities find your robbers and provide evidence against them in court.
However, often their appearance alone is enough to scare intruders away, as it immediately signals to them that the residents of the home are serious about security, and probably have more measures in place that they’re prepared for.
- Carbon monoxide detectors
While carbon monoxide detectors are not required by law, they’re an important tool in detecting unsafe carbon monoxide levels in your home that can pose a serious risk to the safety of your family. It’s recommended that if you have at least one gas-burning appliance in your home or an attached garage, you should have at least one carbon monoxide detector in or near the main bedroom.
It is important to note that having a carbon monoxide detector does not mean that you shouldn’t regularly maintain your gas appliances and ensure their safety and good working order. Instead, they’re an added layer of protection against carbon monoxide poisoning and a good backup to have if something gets missed in an inspection of your gas appliances.