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DIY Home Safety Checks Every Homeowner Should Perform

Ensuring the safety of your home is a crucial responsibility for any homeowner. Regular checks can prevent accidents and help maintain your property's integrity. Here’s a simple guide to performing basic DIY home safety inspections around your house.

1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

- Check and Replace Batteries: Ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and test them monthly. Replace detectors every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.

- Test Functionality: Press the test button to verify that they work properly and that the alarm is loud enough to be heard throughout the home.

2. Fire Extinguishers:

- Accessibility and Maintenance: Confirm that fire extinguishers are easily accessible, especially in high-risk areas like the kitchen and garage. Check the pressure gauge monthly to ensure it's charged and ready for use.

- Expiration Date: Regularly check the expiration date and replace any extinguisher that’s past its prime.

3. Electrical Safety:

- Inspect Cords and Plugs: Look for frayed wires or loose plugs and replace any damaged cords immediately.

- Overloaded Outlets: Avoid overloading electrical outlets. If you're using extension cords as a permanent solution, consider installing additional outlets.

4. Window and Door Locks:

- Inspect Locks and Hinges: Ensure that all window and door locks are functioning properly to secure your home against intruders and prevent accidental falls.

- Check for Easy Egress: Make sure that all windows and doors can be easily opened from the inside in case they need to serve as emergency exits.

5. Structural Safety:

- Foundation Checks: Walk around your home’s exterior and check for cracks or signs of movement in the foundation. Small cracks can be sealed, but larger fissures may require professional assessment.

• Ceiling and Roof: Look for water stains on ceilings and walls which may indicate leaks. Visually inspect the roof for missing or damaged shingles, especially after severe weather.

Performing these simple safety checks regularly can help you catch potential hazards before they become serious problems, ensuring your home remains a safe haven for you and your family. Remember, while DIY checks are a good first step, nothing replaces a professional inspection to thoroughly assess your home’s safety and maintenance needs. Schedule regular inspections with a qualified home inspector to ensure your home is in the best possible condition.

Stay proactive about your home safety. For more detailed inspections or if you encounter any issues beyond basic maintenance, consider consulting a professional. Our team at With Grace Home Inspections is here to help ensure your peace of mind with comprehensive home inspection services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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