It’s not easy thinking about everything that could go wrong around the house. Some hazards, like bleach, are obvious, while others, like a loose stair railing, are not. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you and put together a list of the most helpful tips that will ensure a safer home. We’ve also included some tips on what to do in case of an emergency, like a fire. So, the next time there’s a crisis, don’t panic. Stay Safe and Sound.

Fire safety

Fire Safety
  • Install smoke detectors and replace the batteries once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible place.   
  • Regularly practise the fire escape plan with your family.
  • Never leave a stove unattended and always check that you’ve turned it off.
  • Hide lighters and matches away from children.
  • If you’re using candles do not leave them unattended and place them away from flammable material.
  • If there’s a fire, get out, stay out, and call for help.

Stay safe while moving home

Stay Safe and Sound while moving home
  • Be careful if you’re using movers and keep all valuable items out of sight.
  • Organise a guard through a security company to help deter opportunistic thieves. 
  • Before you do anything, clear high-traffic areas of all obstacles.
  • Always wear supportive footwear with a good grip. Avoid wearing sandals.
  • Always bend with your legs instead of your back when picking boxes up.
  • If you’re passing boxes to someone else, make sure they have a firm grip before letting go. 
  • Keep a first-aid kit on hand.

Working online

Stay Safe and Sound when you’re online
  • Never install unknown software.
  • Don’t share personal information or passwords.
  • Check that your antivirus program will block access to objectionable sites.
  • Keep your antivirus and antispyware software up to date. 
  • Use your browser’s parental control settings to limit your child’s online access. 
  • Ignore emails from your bank asking you to confirm or update your details. 
  • Do not open emails from unknown or suspicious sources. 
  • Never access your bank’s website through a link sent by email. 
  • Watch out for lottery scams that trick you into believing you won money or a prize!
  • Stay away from websites that you don’t trust. They could contain malware that will infect and even ruin your computer.

Staying home

Stay Safe and Sound when you’re home alone
  • Never leave keys in the door. 
  • When you are out keep your doors and windows locked.
  • Turn on your outside lights and close the curtains when it is dark. 
  • Ensure you have all emergency numbers on speed dial.
  • The more you can see, the safer you are. Add residential CCTV to your security measures. 
  • Join the local Neighbourhood Watch so you can alert your neighbours of suspicious activity.
  • Don’t leave items like bicycles or tools lying outside. They will attract criminals.
  • Keep bushes trimmed so that criminals can’t use them as a hiding place.
  • Plant thorny shrubs, like rosebushes, beneath your windows to deter burglars.

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