Fire safety and child safety are top concerns for most of us. We all want to keep ourselves and our children out of harm's way. Use these tips and suggestions to make your bedrooms safer for you and your family.
Protective and Safety Equipment
Smoke detectors should be placed in or near every sleeping area. Install them according to manufacturer's instructions - usually on the ceiling or on a wall 6" to 12" below the ceiling. Be careful to avoid vents, registers and areas of dead air or heavy airflow.
If you can't easily reach the ground outside your window, keep an escape ladder handy in case a fire blocks your regular exit path from the house. Rope ladders do not take up much storage space and can be put into use quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have an alternate exit out of every room. So it's a good idea to place a ladder in every occupied room on floors above the main level.
Also, make sure that all windows and doors can be opened and shut. Fix any windows that have been painted or nailed shut, doors that stick and locks difficult to operate. Security bars or grates over windows or doors should have quick-release devices that allow you to open them in an emergency.
Improperly storing or stacking items in your closet can lead to falling objects and injuries. Make sure closet shelving is sturdy and organized, and that no items are in danger of falling when the closet doors are opened. Store heavy things lowest to the ground and reserve higher shelves for lighter items.
If you have a walk-in closet, make sure toys, shoes and other items are organized and kept out of the walking path to prevent tripping. Stay out of harm's way with storage solutions like shoe storage racks.
Nothing is more important than the safety of our kids. If you have small children, consider safer options for window coverings. Replace window treatments with long dangling cords to reduce the risk of strangulation. Choose a custom window covering with a cordless or a motorization option.