Interestingly most of the property damages are actually due to accidents caused inside the property rather than from outside forces like burglars, etc. While we install the most advanced gadgets to protect our holiday homes from thieves when we are not in the house, damages are still recorded even when there are people staying.
The purpose of this article thus is to give you some pointers and tips on how you can ensure the safety of your house and all of the guests staying in it.
1. Install fire extinguishers: This is very important. If you don’t have a centralized fire system installed, keep household fire extinguishers at key areas. One in the kitchen, another in the area where one can easily get one’s hand on is case of an emergency. Today these extinguishers come in various shapes and sizes, so you don’t have to worry about the extinguisher becoming an eye sore in the otherwise perfect décor. Like we had discussed in an earlier article on preparing an instruction manual for guests, write in details where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
2. Proper electric fittings and wiring: Because the wiring is concealed, that doesn’t mean that you will compromise on its quality. Do remember, most household fires start from electric short-circuits. Also use high quality branded electric fittings.
3. Regular servicing of electrical devices: When was the last time you serviced your air conditioner or the appliances. Servicing your appliances not only protects you from major accidents, but also increases the life of the appliances.
4. Instructions for guests to use devices: Give a 360 degree view of your home. Mention how to use the gadgets. Don’t leave anything although it might seem trivial to you. Even things like where the TV remotes are or how to operate the home theatre must be mentioned. For instance if you have a dishwasher, you can mention that the user manual is kept near it for guests to refer before using it. If there is any faulty equipment, you need to mention it too. This will help avoid any accidents.
5. First aid: I kept this for last because I wanted to close the article with the most important point. It is imperative to have a first aid kit that can come handy in any kind of emergency. Even the most meticulous traveler can sometimes forget to pack their first aid kid, so a first aid kit in the bathroom of your holiday home that minor scrapes and grazes can be attended to is very necessary. And what should be in this first aid kit? A thermometer, an antiseptic solution, an eye wash, plasters, dressings, anti-histamines, antiseptic pain relieving spray, latex gloves, tweezers, crepe and support bandages, painkillers, re-hydration solution, travel sickness pills, a clean sharp scissors and safety pins. And most importantly don’t forget to leave the contact numbers of the nearest doctor, hospital and chemist in a sheet inside the first-aid kit.