Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where safety should be a top priority. A regular home safety check can help you identify potential hazards and ensure a secure living environment. We’ll guide you through the essential inspections every homeowner should perform regularly, providing tips for proactive maintenance and when it’s time to call in the experts at Saturday Savers.

10 Home Safety Check Ideas:

1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

DIY Tip: Test detectors monthly, replace batteries annually, and replace units every 10 years. You might also have Saturday Savers install hard wired systems in your home.

2. Fire Extinguishers

DIY Tip: Ensure they are easily accessible, check the pressure gauge, and confirm the expiration date.

3. Electrical Outlets and Wiring

DIY Tip: Look for signs of wear, frayed wires, or scorch marks. Upgrade outlets to GFCI in damp areas, or call in the experts to do this for you.

4. Appliance Connections

DIY Tip: Inspect hoses and connections for leaks or damage on washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances.

5. Water Heater

DIY Tip: Check for leaks, rust, or corrosion. Flush the tank annually to remove sediment.

6. HVAC Systems

DIY Tip: Change air filters regularly, clean vents, and schedule professional maintenance annually.

7. Windows and Doors

DIY Tip: Ensure proper sealing, inspect for drafts, and lubricate hinges and locks. Especially in Arizona, the seals can dry out, making an easy entry point for critters.

8. Roof and Gutters

DIY Tip: Look for missing or damaged shingles, clean gutters regularly, and trim overhanging branches.

9. Pipes and Plumbing

DIY Tip: Check for leaks under sinks, inspect water pressure, and insulate pipes in colder months.

10. Home Security Systems

DIY Tip: Test alarms and cameras regularly, update passcodes, and ensure proper functioning.

When to Call a Handyman

While many of these inspections are manageable for homeowners, some situations may require professional attention. Consider calling a handyman when:

  1. Complex Repairs: If any issues discovered during your inspection require advanced skills or tools.
  2. Time Constraints: If you lack the time to perform comprehensive inspections or regular maintenance.
  3. Expert Opinion: When in doubt, a handyman can provide an expert opinion and ensure thorough assessments.

A safe home is a happy home. By performing these regular inspections, you’re taking proactive steps to safeguard your property and loved ones.  If you ever need a helping hand, Saturday Savers is just a call away, ready to assist with any home safety concerns. Stay safe and sound in your home!