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6 Safety Precautions for New Homeowners to Check Before Moving In


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Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. It’s a new chapter in your life, and you want to make sure that you and your family feel safe and secure in your new abode. Here are six safety tasks you should check off your to-do list ahead of your move-in day.


1. Test your detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save lives. Ensure your new home has working smoke detectors in every room and carbon monoxide detectors in areas such as the kitchen and garage. Change the batteries and test the detectors to make sure they’re functioning properly.


2. Inspect your HVAC system

Your new home’s HVAC system is essential for maintaining a comfortable temperature. Before moving day, it’s a good idea to have it cleaned, inspected and tuned up by a professional to ensure it works properly. You don’t want to be caught off guard by a malfunctioning HVAC system in the middle of a heatwave or cold snap.


3. Identify your water and electrical shutoffs

Locate the main shutoff valves for your water and electrical supply and make sure you know how to turn them off. This will prevent you from scrambling to figure out how to shut off the water or power in case of a leak or electrical fire.


4. Take security precautions

To protect your family and belongings, it’s important to take several security precautions. This can include changing the home’s locks and installing a complete home security system with motion detectors and cameras.


5. Stock up on emergency supplies

Before moving in, make sure you have everything you need in an emergency, such as a first-aid kit and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight. Also, stock up on non-perishable food and bottled water.


6. Create an emergency plan

Creating an emergency plan is crucial in case of an unexpected event like a fire. Your emergency plan should outline how you and your family will exit the house and include important phone numbers and addresses of the nearest hospital, firehouse and police station.


It’s also a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbours and exchange contact information. This can help you feel more welcome in your new community and come in handy if you need help in an emergency.


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