Tips to Hazard-Proof Your SWFL Home

 Tips to Hazard-Proof Your SWFL Home

Tips to Hazard-Proof Your SWFL Home

Last month, we posted a blog about fire safety tips designed to keep you and your family safe throughout the year. This month, we wanted to discuss some other steps you can take to hazard proof your home.

Gulf Shore Home Watch & ConciergeConsider a swimming pool alarm

If you have small children in your family, you may want to consider investing in a swimming pool alarm. These types of systems include an ear-splitting alarm, which will alert you when someone (or something) gets into your pool without your knowledge.

Not only will you be alerted if your pets (or your toddler) falls into the water, it will also alert you if your friendly neighborhood wildlife decides to hop in for a swim.  For example, in April of last year, a Palm Beach Gardens family had the shock of their lives when they found a 9-foot-long alligator doing laps in their backyard pool.

Most swimming pool alarms cost under $200, and there are quite a few available for $150 or less. You can choose between designs that float on the surface of the pool, or models that are mounted to your swimming pool’s deck.

Install a carbon monoxide alarm

If you have a gas-powered stove, boiler, hot water heater or washer/ dryer- you’ll want to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide gas (CO) is colorless, odorless and in some cases, deadly.  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that at least 430 people die from accidental CO poisoning each year, adding that roughly 50,000 people in the US visit emergency rooms each year due to accidental CO poisoning.

This type of gas is produced by kerosene heaters, gas ranges, burning wood and charcoal, lanterns, stoves and portable generators. When these types of devices are used in enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces, people and animals who share these spaces may be at risk of CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide alarms can often be plugged into a wall outlet, and most include a battery backup.   They can be purchased online or in retail stores (such as Lowes, Home Depot, Target or your local hardware store), and most cost between $14 and $75, depending on the make and model.

In closing

Keeping your pets and loved ones safe is about more than making sure hazard chemicals and prescription medication are locked away. If you have other home safety tips that we haven’t already covered, we’d love to hear them in the comments.