No one likes to hear about various health and safety rules. 

But unfortunately, they are a part of everyday life. And while we loathe the red tape of the workplace that dictates seemingly pointless rules about how to carry cups of coffee, there’s no denying that safety features around the home can make things that little bit easier, particularly if you have to keep a hawk-eye on little ones or furry friends 

With that in mind, these five home improvements for safety

1. Housekey lockbox 

If you’re still keeping your spare key under a flowerpot or doormat, it might be time to rethink that idea. 

Unfortunately, it’s one of the most common places for homeowners to keep their spares, meaning that it’s one of the easiest places for an intruder to find their entry point. 

Thankfully, there are many more savvy ways to hide your keys to ensure you have access at all times. Lockboxes from Screwfix are a secure way to keep your keys accessible to you and safe from anyone else.

2. Stairlifts 

Stairlifts are a highly useful safety feature for anyone who may struggle with their mobility and can make your home a lot safer if you or someone you live with experiences this – for instance, if you have an elderly relative moving into your home. 

But if you have one in your house that you don’t need, perhaps left by a previous occupant in a new property, it may be a hindrance even if it’s not dangerous – in this case, We Buy Any Stairlift will remove them for free, and even pay cash for some brands. 

Mobility equipment is a real lifeline for those who need it which can support sustained independence and simply make life easier.

3. Smoke detectors 

It’s the bane of your existence when it’s howling at you during Christmas dinner preparations. You know there’s no fire, but the smoke detector is determined to declare your turkey a failure to the entire neighborhood. 

That said, these little pests are unfortunately vital, which means you should be keeping them checked regularly – once a week, ideally. Failing any issues identified during these regular checks, it is also recommended that you change the batteries once a year.

4. Home security system 

Hopefully, you’ll never need it. But a home security system such as those by Ring can instill an additional peace of mind knowing your property is safely watched over. 

Additionally, it can be ideal if you’re the antisocial type that doesn’t always welcome company at home – some systems allow you to view who is ringing your doorbell, preventing you from answering unwanted visitors.

5. Find the off switches 

One last tip – whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you should always know where your shut-off valves are for gas, electric, and water.  

Locating the stopcock should be your first mission when moving in – hopefully, you’ll never need it, but you don’t want to be caught short if ever you do! 

We hope these five tips help you keep your home safe and sound. 

 Got any home safety tips? Share them with us in the comments below.