It’s no secret that home prices in Central Oregon are steep. The allure of the local community, access to the outdoors and relaxed culture draw people from all over the world. Homes are seeing a sharp incline in price as a result. With homes becoming more of an investment, prospective homeowners need to be more considerate in their choice of home. Whether it be a long-standing house on the river in Downtown Bend or a custom ranch home built by a Bend construction company. In any case, though, you must consider your safety and the safety of your home. After all, you always put a case and screen protector on your new smartphone, right? Your home shouldn’t be any different. Here are four important safety items you should always have on the ready in your home:

Fire Extinguisher

This first item is a bit of a no brainer, but it’s important enough to include. In 2017, the United States saw 3400 fire-related deaths and nearly 15,000 fire-related injuries. Local residents are aware of the threat fires pose to their homes, especially after the Two Bulls Fire in 2014. Keeping a fire extinguisher on hand still isn’t the norm for most families. Ensuring that you have a fire extinguisher somewhere in your home is not only smart, but necessary to protect what’s important. In the case that you’re protecting one of our quality custom homes in Bend, we have to insist on the fire extinguisher.

Comprehensive First Aid Kit

You never know what life is going to throw at you. For that reason, you should always be on the ready for any injury that might occur in your home. As a quality custom home construction company, we understand the importance of being ready for accidents that can unexpectedly happen throughout the day. Make sure to keep a first aid kit stocked with the essentials, like band-aids, disinfectant, gauze and splints.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Often described as a silent killer, carbon monoxide poisoning always seems to be in the news. At GFL Construction, we work to protect against threats of carbon monoxide poisoning, but installing a detector is common sense safety. Make sure to place them somewhere central in your home, outside sleeping areas and on every floor to make sure they are as effective as possible.

A Plan

This list of items has surely left you a little panicked by reminding you of the multiple safety hazards that exist with any home. But it’s exactly because of that, panic, that you should include one last safety item: a plan. You never know when an emergency will impact you or your home or what that emergency will look like. To best prepare for any situation that life throws at you, have a full plan written out for a couple core emergency situations. If you really wanted to go the extra mile, prepare emergency kits for each of the different situations so you can be confident and ready in any situation.

Incorporating these four items into your home is essential to protect yourself and your home. Prior preparation for safety hazards like fires, carbon monoxide and minor injuries is important, and as an established custom home construction company, we recognize the importance of this preparation and the difference it can make in even the smallest emergency. So for your next summer project, look to this list and protect your home.