New Year Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist

We begin every year with the same resolution: to help people and their loved ones stay safe. To keep that promise, we’ve come up with a month-by-month home maintenance and safety checklist.


  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Inspect fire extinguisher pressure gauge to see if needle is in the green, and replace or service if its outside of the zone


  • Create emergency plan and practice different escape routes with family
  • Store flashlights with fresh batteries in every room in case of power outage
  • Compile/ update home inventory in case you need to file insurance claim due to burglary


  • Post a resource contact sheet on refrigerator including emergency numbers for doctors, police, ect.
  • Check your range hood fan for signs of grease build up and clean it regularly
  • Change refrigerator water and ice maker filters every six months to remove contaminants build up
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils to remove dust and grime that could spark a fire
  • Clean garbage disposal with baking soda, white vinegar, hot water, ice, and a lemon to keep fresh


  • Clean your home’s circuit breaker to decrease the risk of power surges/outages
  • Check pipes for frozen water so they don’t burst and ensure that pipes that are on stay above 32 degrees
  • Change furnace filters every for to 6 weeks so your air stays clean while your home heats
  • Dust and wash air vents to purify air inside your home
  • Flush hot water heater once a year to remove sediment and mineral buildup and keep it working at its full capacity


  • Replenish first aid kit will all essentials ; band aids, anti septic, gauze ect.
  • Unclog bathroom tub and sink drains by pouring boiling water mixed with baking soda or white vinegar


  • Check roof for ice dams so snow doesn’t strain roof and cause leaks or break gutters
  • Check attics insulation by taking a tape measure to find depth. If under 12 inches you should have a professional come install more so your energy efficiency doesn’t suffer


  • Inspect your outdoor lighting to see if any lights need replaced or added. well light homes scare away burglars and prevent injuries like falling from black ice
  • Research security cameras and systems and add them to your homes exterior and or interior before peak of burglar season begins in the summer


It's only fair to share...Share on Facebook
Share on Google+
Tweet about this on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Email this to someone

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *