As a homeowner, you want to keep your property healthy and safe. Whether you have children or often entertain guests, or both, you want the people in your home to be comfortable and safe. Here are a few home safety essentials that you’ll want to have around the house.


Every staircase in your home should have securely attached handrails. These are important for safety, as they help people navigate the stairs. Check the handrails from time to time to make sure they’re securely bolted to the wall.

Smoke Detectors are Essential for Safety in the Home

Smoke detectors provide an early warning for you and your family members in case of a fire. Install a smoke detector inside and outside of every bedroom and on each level of your home. Also, place a smoke detector in the laundry room, the kitchen, and in the garage.

Night Lights

Especially in homes with young children or elderly family members, night lights provide safety in the dark. Install night lights to illuminate dark hallways and bathrooms. These lights usually plug into a wall outlet and use very little power. Night lights are a small investment to help your family stay safe at night.

First-Aid Kit

Every home should have a well-stocked first-aid kit that contains anything you need to handle a minor wound. If there is a major incident, your first aid kit can help you care for a family member until they see a medical professional.

Fire Extinguishers are Home Safety Essentials

Fire extinguishers are important to have in the home. Like smoke detectors, you should have at least one on each level of your house. Keep one near the kitchen, as this is where most house fires begin. Make sure the adults and older children in your family know how to use a fire extinguisher.


In case of a power outage, you’ll be glad that you have flashlights and fresh batteries stored away. Purchase enough flashlights for each member of your family and make sure everyone knows where they are stored in case of an emergency. If the power goes out, a flashlight will help younger children feel less anxious in an uncertain situation.

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