House Rules - Home Work
Usually when you think of house rules you mind wanders to those cute little signs and sentimental poems like the picture I attached to this hub. Well the house rules I am talking about are a little more serious. These deal with keeping you, your family and your possessions safe. This is especially important to first time home buyers who may not realize some of safety's finer points. Not only will these house rules keep you all safe they can save you from costly repairs.
- How many smoke alarms do you have in your house? Do you have any carbon monoxide detectors do you have? There should be a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on every level in the house, even the attic and basement. These should be hard wired and have battery back up. The batteries should be changed every six months. It's usually good to pick both day light saving times when we fall back and spring forward. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, front hall downstairs and up, also either in or outside every bedroom.
- Do you know where your fuse box is? Do you know how to reset the breakers if they trip? Always make sure you have a flashlight handy especially if you need to go down the basement during a black out. It's good to keep it in a specific spot and return it there when you are done. Make sure all the breakers are labeled so you know which breaker controls every part of the house. Have special outlets called GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter placed in both your kitchen and bathroom. These trip before an electrical shock can occur. The red button between the two outlets will pop out. Push back in to reset.
- Have you ever experienced a gas leak? If you smell rotten egg odor or for any reason suspect you have a gas leak - GO OUT SIDE to call 911 and stay outside until someone once has arrived to check out the situation. Its also important that you know where the shutoff valve is located. Normally it's near the gas meter. There may be a time that you are asked to do so in case of an emergency. You could call your gas company to see if they offer any kind of training and if not, see if someone can come out to show you where the valve is located.
- Now, onto the heating system. How often do you replace your filer? You should replace your filter every 3 to 4 months. If you have pets it may be necessary to change the filer more often. This will help the furnace run smoother, be efficient and last longer.
- Do you know where your water main shutoff is? In case of a water emergency such as broken pipes you should know where and how to shut the water main off.