Practical Safety Tips after Moving
Moving entails venturing out to unchartered territory. This is why you can never be too careful when doing something as significant as transferring to another house. There are many things you can do which can end up compromising your safety. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to keep safe as well. Here are a few tips on what you can do to make settling in a safer experience.
- • Set up your Emergency First Aid Kit – This must be done first thing after moving in. You never know what could happen when you are unpacking and arranging your possessions. Having a first aid kit at arm’s reach will definitely make you feel safer.
- • List down and post the local emergency numbers – Get a directory right away and post the numbers for the police station, fire department, and the local hospital in a place in your house that is easily visible. This way, you can easily contact any of these agencies should the need arise.
- • Master the circuit breaker – Look for the house’s circuit breaker and familiarize yourself with its type. Use the internet if you have to. Check which fuses are used and be sure to purchase them in a local hardware store as soon as you can. This way, you can easily change them should any of them get busted.
- • Inspect the smoke detectors – Make sure you locate every smoke detector in the house. Check if all of them are functioning properly. If you feel that the house lacks smoke detectors, feel free to install some more.
- • Know how to work the water lines – Locate the water shut-offs as soon as you can and familiarize yourself with the way it is operated. Make sure that you know how to open and close the main valve. This way, you can easily shut off the water lines should any of the pipes inside the house gets broken.
- • Familiarize yourself with all the entrances and exits – Make sure all members of your household know all the entry and exit point in your house. This way, you can easily get out should the need arise.
- • Change your locks – This is a very good idea for added security in your new house. Sticking with the keys you were given is not really a good idea since you do not know how many people have had access to those keys in the past. It is better to be safe, after all.
- • Familiarize yourself with the town’s routes – Make sure you know how to get to the local police station, the hospital, and other important local places. The last thing you need in an emergency is getting lost in a series of unfamiliar roads.
- • Make your house look settled in – moving boxes, especially large moving boxes and wardrobe boxes, could easily be seen through large windows. Robbers typically equate the sight of moving boxes as a sign that the people living in the house are not yet settled in; hence, they are vulnerable. Make sure that you clean as you unpack, storing each moving box in a dry, safe place. This way, you can look as comfortable and settled to prying eyes. This also ensures that you can still use those corrugated moving boxes for future use.
Safety is something that should always be on our minds. Constant vigilance on your part assures us that we have a certain degree of safety, at least to factors that are under our control. With these tips in mind, you can be, and feel, a lot safer. Be safe!