A home safety evaluation is a thorough study of your home done by a professional that looks at the potential hazards that are inside (and sometimes outside) of your home. Typically, these evaluations are undertaken by a safety professional at a home security company. Potential hazards in a home safety evaluation include the chance of fire, CO2 leaks, flooding, intrusions, or anything else that can jeopardize the safety of your home and those inside of it.
Depending on your insurance company, this may also be called a home safety audit. No matter what it is called, it is a way to help you improve the safety of your home and ensure that, should something terrible happen, you have a way to protect your home.
You don’t need to have a professional come to your home to undertake a home safety evaluation, however. Instead, you can just walk around your home and think like an insurance auditor.
There are so many different parts of home safety, so it is best to go room by room by room when you are looking throughout your home. Another approach is to go topic by topic – for example, you might want to start with home security and look in all of your rooms for one week and then the next week, you can look for fire hazards. This will help you to feel less overwhelmed.
If you are a new parent, you might want to walk around your home like a baby. If you are taking care of your elderly parents, you could do it that way. There are many online resources that can help you, no matter what type of safety evaluation you need to undertake.
The goal is to check everything in every room of your home. This includes hallways, basements, garages, and even the chimney. There is nothing that is too simple or too unoccupied to check.
While you are undertaking a home safety evaluation, you will probably find many things that are amiss. You should prioritize these things and fix them as best as you can until you can get a permanent fix.
The easiest things to fix are the “safety” things – these are the small things that can lead to accidents or injuries. For example, it could be a loose tile that may cut your foot, a bulb on your overhead light that has burnt out, or a back-up of lint in your dryer. You can fix all of these safety items in a few hours on the weekend and you will feel safer right away.
The next set of items should be home security items. You want to ensure that your home is safe from intruders. This includes installing a security system, making sure your locks are installed properly, and maybe changing your passwords.
Finally, any good home safety evaluation should allow you to easily build an emergency plan for what should happen if there is a fire in your home, if someone breaks in, or if you have a flood.