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By Phyllis Frankel Realty Group | Agent in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Safety First: How to Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Our homes should always serve as our safe havens, yet they are the location of millions of emergency visits, injuries and deaths across the country every year. Although there is nothing we can do to protect our family all of the time, there are a few things we should all do to ensure our new Phyllis Frankel Realty Group homes are safe and protected.

In particular, all families should have the following:

Fire extinguishers – Fire extinguishers should be placed on every level of the home, as well as in the kitchen and the garage. But before you set your fire extinguishers in place, take your family to the back yard to hold a lesson in fire extinguishers. Give each member of the family an opportunity to work the fire extinguisher so in an emergency they will be able to quickly and easily operate it. Check the expiration date on the fire extinguishers and make a note to replace them before they expire.

Carbon monoxide detector – Carbon monoxide detectors are a must for every home, regardless of whether your home is brand new or 100 years old. Carbon monoxide detectors should be located on every level of your home and should be tested regularly to ensure they are in proper working order. Most carbon monoxide detectors are powered through an electrical outlet, and they also have a batter backup in case of a power outage.

Smoke detector – Never assume your smoke detector is working! Check them at least once a month, and replace batteries two times a year. Most experts recommend changing the batteries during the time change so it will be easy to remember. Smoke detectors should be on all levels of your home at and the entrance to all of the bedrooms in the home.

Escape plan – No family should be without an escape plan. In case of fire, you and your family should know a safe route and actions to take once outside the home. Map out your escape plan and have a backup plan. Practice it with your family on a regular basis!

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