A few weeks ago we shared fire, life, and safety issues that we take seriously when designing and building homes for our clients. The end result of construction should always be a home that is safe and comfortable for our clients for many, many years to come. We build our homes for life! We covered fire protection and fire preventative measures, but there are many other aspects to discuss when considering fire, life, and safety issues in our homes.
Let’s take a moment to think about high injury risk areas of a home. Where is the most common area to slip, trip, or fall? For most families the bathroom is the culprit. Most older home tub/shower combos are made with a product that is very slippery when wet. We easily could have avoided some of our children’s bumps and bruises if there was a different product used in the bathroom. Simply installing grab bars in the shower and near the toilet are affordable options for a safer bathroom. Curbless, walk-in showers are another way to avoid falls when getting in or out of the shower.
Another talking point that we’ve heard, that isn’t often thought of is, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” This statement is used in casual light-hearted jokes, but it is a reality for many. A simple security system installed in a home to allow someone that is not able to make it to a phone to call for help is a great idea.
Sometimes answering the door brings a little anxiety while wondering who is on the other side. What about a camera installed at the front door? With a smart home security monitoring approach, a homeowner would be able to view who is on the other side of the door without the added anxiety.
There are many safety aspects to consider when building a home. Quail Homes is committed to coupling the beauty and design of a custom home, while not overlooking the real life safety details for our clients.
For more information about how we build our homes for your safety, please follow us on Facebook, listen to our radio program Saturday morning at 9:00am on Sunny KKOV 1550 and at 1pm on KPAM 860AM and read “Ask The Builder” in Vancouver’s Columbian newspaper on Sunday in the Real Estate section or in our archive.