During the summer months, there’s more than the scorching sun and irritating insects to worry about when it comes to your family’s safety. A lot of the time, once the sun comes out, we rush to get outside and enjoy ourselves, letting our homes fall slightly to the wayside. By keeping on top of regular home maintenance, you can give yourself more time to be out in the sunshine having fun.
Your best option is to be a season ahead, planning and carrying out summer maintenance in the spring and so on, this way you can always be prepared and are less likely to be caught out by more expensive home repairs.
Summer Maintenance Advice
Garden – We love to get out in the garden, but the hot sun means we have thirsty plants. That’s no problem when you’ve got a watering can and hose available but make sure these garden tools get safety put away. You don’t want to leave out trip-hazards when the kids are running around.
Roof – When the sun reaches it’s peak, our home can be somewhere to stay cool – all thanks to your roof. Without your roof, you and your family would be exposed to the elements, so take the opportunity in the summer to check for worn felt, gaps, missing tiles or loose guttering and get it repaired before the wetter months roll in.
Home Improvement – Summer can be the perfect time for home renovation, if you’ve got a project that goes on for longer than a few days, ensure the workmen (or DIYers!) are keeping their tools safe at the end of the day. Home invasions and burglary’s increase during the summer months and tools, including ladders, make it easier for the thieves to get into your home.
Outdoor Buildings – Got a shed or summerhouse in your garden? These might be targeted by thieves in the area so ensure locks are well maintained and replaced if they’ve degraded during the winter chill. You can also add sensors or external cameras to keep an eye out for shifty loiterers. In Manchester, industrial units use security systems that can easily be implemented at home for ultimate peace of mind.
In addition to keeping your home maintained and safe over the summer, don’t forget to keep an eye out for other hazards that may occur in and around the home.
Open Water – In-ground pools should be fenced off to prevent accidents occurring from children or pets falling in and could even protect an adult in the garden at night. Similar to above ground pools, ladders or climbable objects/furniture should be removed so to prevent children gaining access when your back is turned. Like any activity, children should always be supervised while swimming and take regular breaks to top up suntan lotion and drink water.
Hot Grills – With young children or pets around, use a playpen or stairgate to block access to the barbecue or grill, while not a save-all, this can certainly reduce the risk of nasty burns and accidents.
Safe Windows – When the warmer weather comes around, we are keen to get the windows open to allow a breeze through the home however, kids are fast, and this can be a recipe for disaster. Consider adding safety latches to windows, you can still open them enough for air to flow through, but they prevent small bodies from getting or falling out. You could also remove furniture away from window ledges that are easy to climb on and if you want to be vigilant, install window alarms on upper-level windows.
Prevent Sunburn – While most people know to put sunscreen on before heading out for the day, many people neglect to top it up which can then lead to nasty sunburn. Suntan lotion should be reapplied every few hours when out and about and more frequently for children running around or getting in and out of the pool.
Hot Vehicles – We often hear about not leaving our pets in cars during the hot weather however, many people forget this applies to all occupants, from the youngest kids to the grandparents. Cars and vehicles can reach exceedingly high temperatures in the peak of the day and without air and water, your health is going to suffer drastically. If you need to stop somewhere or pop into a shop, the safest option is to get everyone out the car and into the shade.
While it may seem a bit like common sense, sometimes the heat of the day can get to us and these sorts of things slip our mind. Keep a list of maintenance and safety checks somewhere you check regularly, on the notice board, pinned to the fridge or up on the sweet cupboard. This way you are regularly reminded of necessary up-keep around the house. A well-maintained home is a safe home and a better home for your family – don’t they deserve the best?
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