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Seeing your newly-bought home surely puts a smile on your face. After all, you know that you’ve gone through a lot just to purchase it. You’ve proven it has passed the FHA loan requirements via the FHA inspection and made the necessary repairs. How come you have the nagging feeling your home is still not safe enough? The truth is, safety doesn’t end in the FHA inspection or repairs because it’s a continuous process.

Below are some additional home safety tips from the Certified Master Inspector (CMI) and Master Inspector Certification Board:

1. Child Safety

Home hazards kill 2.5 million children every year. To avoid such incidents, purchasing child safety devices on the market is a must. Keep in mind that such devices should be strong enough to protect your child but easy for you to use.

2. Elderly and Electrical Safety

Senior citizens’ movements are restricted. Install smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant flooring for them. Move electrical cords away from the flow of traffic.

3. Ladder Safety

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States leads the world in ladder deaths at 300. Always face the ladder when climbing up or down, and wear a secure-fitting footwear free from mud or any substances.

4. Stairway Safety

Remove any material (I.e. toys, boxes, etc.) that can be a trip hazard. In a study by Loughborough University in England, one-third of surveyed households admitted to leaving objects on stairs. These items present a serious trip hazard.

5. Pool Safety

Make sure the pool barrier’s vertical spacing doesn’t exceed 1-¾ inches so a child can’t easily go over, under, or through it. Based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 300 children below age 5 drown in pools.

6. Home Security

The Master Inspector Certification Board estimates that theft makes up more than three-quarters of all reported crimes. One way to prevent this, is to use steel or solid-core wood exterior doors.

7. Fire and Environmental Safety

See to it that hearth extensions and joint chambers are not damaged. If there’s a damaged asbestos, either seal or remove it to avoid health problems.

Accidents are Unpredictable but Often Preventable

No home is completely accident proof. In fact, every corner of your house can become a potential invitation to an accident. Take the extra precautionary measures to reduce accident frequency and danger. These steps are vital towards living a long and healthy life.