Home safety should be should be a priority year-round, but especially during the holidays. Whether guests are headed your way or you’re heading out, here’s how make your home safer without giving an inch on style.
The Ring doorbell is an awesome invention but requires an ongoing monitoring subscription fee which isn’t an option for some people. Defender Security’s antique brass door knocker, with a built-in peep hole viewer, is a less pricey way to go and also adds decorative detail. $11.99 on Amazon (free shipping for Prime members).
One of my friends, who is an ex-police officer, has always said that leaving windows uncovered is like inviting thieves to rob your house because it’s easy for them to see what you have and where it is. Window privacy film is a good solution for windows where wood blinds or fabric shades don’t work well, like over a messy sink, in a steamy bathroom or a front door sidelight. Several things about DKTIE’s static-cling glass window film is appealing. No adhesives are required so it’s easy to apply and remove. It’s made of eco-friendly vinyl PVC, is waterproof, blocks out 96% of UV rays while letting filtered light in, and adds a pop of color/pattern without going overboard. Available on several websites (including Etsy) but priced best on Amazon. 3 sizes/$12.99-$23.99 (free shipping for Prime members).
Leave it to the French to design fire extinguishers so stylish you’ll want to leave yours out and display it like art, rather than stick it in a closet where it’s forgotten and not easily accessible. Fire Design offers hundreds of patterns/solid colors, a 10-year warranty and free refills. Or custom design your own canister cover. The Pied de Poule, Spaghetti and This is Paris fire extinguishers caught my eye. $109.73. A small price to pay to, one day, save your house.
For every guest who’s said, “I can reach that,” there’s an ER bill to prove they couldn’t. What I like about the Ultralight Slimline 2-Step Ladder is that it’s sturdy. It’s crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, features an 8-1/2” deep nonslip platform for extra stability and nonslip rubber feet, holds up to 250 pounds and has an elevated handle bar. It’s sleek modern design looks good anywhere. Choose from five colors and two sizes. Not cheap at $84-$101 (2-step ladder) or $127-$143 (4-step ladder). But look at it this way. That’s less expensive than a trip to the ER (as I learned from personal experience recently).
Slippery bathroom floors are hazardous to guests and hosts alike. So it makes sense to get a grip on whatever you put on the floor. Until now, I’ve never been a fan of non-skid latex backed rugs because they always seemed to trade style for safety. But the Morgan memory foam bath mat delivers the best of both worlds, plus added comfort underfoot. In 6 color combos and two sizes/$54.50-$64.50.
Now’s a good time to tackle the home safety problems in your home. Address and correct them now. Then enjoy the holidays in good health and cheer.