Over the past year and a half, we’ve become accustomed to spending more time at home. The balancing of work-life, having kids underfoot and trying to keep a space tidy is challenging – a full house can be tough to manage.To help you avoid household mishaps that can happen more easily with more people in your home, we’ve put together tips based on typical home insurance claims we receive. Here are some steps you can take to keep your space safe, comfortable and efficient.
With more people sharing your space, there's likely a lot of movement going on with different parts of your home being used for a variety of activities.
- Make minor repairs if you’re able for things like broken stairs cases, loose railings, damaged flooring, broken handles or unstable shelving.
- Clear your floors of tripping hazards, such as: toys, throw pillows, electronic devices, books or paperwork. If you’re using floor space for an activity, define that space to prevent others from walking through.
- Tuck away breakable home décor items to make room for more people to sit and move about.
- Keep an eye on the stove or other cooking appliances while you use them. Ensure anyone in the kitchen is aware when food prep like chopping is happening, the stove or toaster is on, or when a pot or pan is hot.
Be mindful of electrical use
Having too many devices and appliances plugged into outlets can pose hazards. Here’s how to keep electronics tidy and avoid power surges which can damage appliances and increase the risk of a house fire:
- Connecting too many devices to a multi-outlet bar can lead to overheating. Unplug devices and small appliances when not in use. If you use a power bar, ensure it has a built-in circuit breaker that cuts off the power in case of an overload.
- Keep power cords tidy and out of the way on the floor, counter and table tops. Move them off to the sides and if you can, secure them down properly with appropriate electrical tape or other fastening tools so that nobody trips or gets tangled up.
- Ensure electrical cords aren’t hidden under carpets, rugs or furniture. Don’t have them running on top of anything flammable either, such as furniture or pillows. Over time, cords may become damaged and can cause a fire.
- Inspect power cords from time to time. If they feel warm or hot to the touch, or look worn or frayed, replace them.
Protect against water damage
More people at home all day and night means increased water use and consumption. Our claims data tells us that water damage is the leading cause of home insurance claims in BC. Take these measures to help prevent water-related problems:
- Don’t run the washing machine or dishwasher overnight while you’re sleeping. If a leak happens or water backs up, you won’t be awake to catch it.
- Know the location of your main water shut-off valve and how to turn it off.
- Don’t flush disinfectant or disposable wipes, or other non-flushable items, such as paper towels, hair and dental floss as they can clog your toilet and damage pipes.
- With rainy days still in the forecast, try and remove debris and build-up from your gutters if you’re able to do so safely, and make sure external drains around your house are also clear of debris.
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