Tips for creating a safer home

Safety in the home is a major concern. You need to be safe from the outside and make your home safer inside. According to the National Safety Council, more than 50 percent of accidents happen at home. At Ottawa Insurance Agency in Zeeland, MI, we are independent insurance agents who help ensure that our clients have a home that is as safe from risk as possible. 

Outdoor Safety

If you have a swimming pool, you need a self-locking gate on the fence that protects children from your pool. If you have an above-ground pool, a removable ladder or folds up when the pool is not in use is essential. Accidental drowning is the third most common unintentional cause of death in the world. 

Keep your bushes and trees trimmed and in good health. High bushes close to your home pose a safety issue, and trees with dead limbs can damage your home, vehicle, or family when they fall. 

Indoor Safety

Inside your home, ensuring that your smoke and CO2 detectors are operational and have fresh backup batteries can save your life. Maintaining your furnace and cleaning the chimney and furnace yearly protects you and your family from a fire. 

Controlling the clutter in your home makes it safer for getting around. Trips and falls are major causes of injury in the home, and, especially for young children and the elderly, clutter in hallways and on stairs can be a serious hazard. 

Keep all medication and poisonous chemicals under lock and key and out of the reach of children and pets. Curiosity is a bad thing when it comes to these things. 

If you live in Zeeland, MI, or the surrounding area, call our office at Ottawa Insurance Agency for all your home insurance needs.