Being safe in your own home might seem like it should be a given, but at the same time, you hear that most accidents happen in the home. So what does this mean for you as a homeowner? Well, naturally you want to protect your family and yourself, so taking safety seriously is important.

You might wonder where to start, and the best way to figure out how to make your home safer is to put yourself in the shoes of a visitor to your home. Imagine you don’t know any of the foibles of your home, but instead, you’re walking up to the entrance for the very first time. Be attentive. If you see something that could pose a tripping risk, note it down. If you see branches on trees that look as if they could fall, make a note of that. If there are stairs in your home, imagine that you are 90 years old and trying to make it up the stair. Railings are very important, but so is the surface of the steps.

There are way too many things to check for us to list in this short format, but if you walk around your home with a critical eye, you should be able to come up with a list of items that need to be fixed to make your home a safe place to be.