a. Secure heavy furniture, appliances, electronics and rugs in place to prevent them from falling over, being pulled or slipping and causing harm.
b. Cover sharp-edged corners of furniture or countertops with rubber guards.
2. Reduce Fire Risk
a. Make sure electrical outlets aren’t overloaded; check cables and fixtures for loose connections and faulty or exposed wiring.
b. Clean the dryers lint catcher and the hose that vents to the outside. I say this from personal experience. You will be surprised how much lint is in the hose!
c. Make sure light fixtures are using the proper wattage.
3. Pinpoint Exterior Hazards
a. Winter’s thaws and freezes are good for highlighting outside areas with potential problems. An inordinate amount of icicles hanging from one area of the eavestrough or an area of thick ice on the walkways may be a sign of drainage problems.
4. Eliminate Unwanted Growth (no, not the hair on your legs)
a. Check for mold and mildew in the bathrooms and basements where a buildup of excess moisture can make for a breeding ground of unhealthy conditions.
5. Do a Water Check
a. Have your water tested. If levels of lead and other contaminants in your water are a concern or you simply don’t like the taste or smell of what comes out of your tap, consider installing a water purification filtration system.
6. Put Plan B in Place
Consider Home Mortgage Protection and Disability Insurance Plans as an option to ensure that your most valuable assets – your family and home – are looked after if something happens to you.