Hi, I’m Rick! Welcome to SaferHomeNow.com. Thanks for visiting. I trust you will find the information presented on this site helpful to you as you seek to heighten your awareness and make your home a safer place for you, your family, your friends and visitors.
I grew up in a day when there were fewer safety items than we have now. We didn’t have seat belts and shoulder harnesses, safety seats for infants, or booster seats for younger children. Best I can remember we didn’t have bicycle helmets, but it was considered cool to have a manual bell on the bicycle handlebar to warn those in front of us (we rode on sidewalks until we were old enough to ride in the street). And I don’t think we had home security systems, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms. If they existed, my parents either couldn’t afford them or saw no need to have any of them.
Growing up, my dad taught me safety. In Scouts I learned first aid, survival (in case I got lost), lifesaving, knife safety, and a multitude of other things. (In case you’re wondering, yes, I was an Eagle Scout.)
At the age of 16, I completed driver’s training – more safety rules. At 22, I became a police officer – more safety rules. Any violation of the rules on the gun range resulted in immediate removal from the range and a notification to the officer’s immediate supervisor. Since obedience and respect were instilled in me from little on, I had no problem following the rules. A Keep Off The Grass sign meant just that. I still keep off people’s grass. Yes, I stay on the sidewalk!
My parents taught me character
I am a firm believer in following rules. They are there for a reason. Take the speed limit law, for example. There’s a reason for it. Exceeding the speed limit or running a stop sign or going the wrong way on a one-way street can result in dire consequences. The same is true for failing to maintain your car. As a police officer, I had to attend the Defensive Driving course every three years, so in my 32-plus years I sat through the class 11 times!
After retiring from the police department I became a licensed real estate inspector, more commonly called a home inspector. In my 5-plus years as a professional home inspector, a large part of my inspections involved locating and reporting safety concerns. I made sure my clients were well aware of all deficiencies, of course, but also all potential safety concerns. Obtaining my licensed required a great deal of training in all components of a home.
Having raised two children and now having two grandchildren (and a third one on the way), I understand the importance of safety in the home. I also know full well the need for rules. Our grandchildren are not allowed in our kitchen because the oven and cook top burners are often hot (my wife spends a lot of time in the kitchen – Yes!!). Since we’re talking about kitchens, let me add that small children in the kitchen can be a trip hazard. They can also become burn victims if something hot is spilled on them.
As you can see, following rules and safety procedures were a major part of my upbringing. So much so that it carried into my adult life.
In our world there are so many things that can go wrong. No matter how safe you are you cannot possibly anticipate the unexpected. Even with the many improved safety standards in place today, so many things can go wrong. Therefore, I want to help you become more aware of the hazards we face today. I have seen far too many people affected by failing to follow even the simplest safety procedures. I don’t want you or your family members to be one of them.
My goal in this Website, SaferHomeNow.com, is to inform you of the hazards in the home and the resources available to help prevent injury, and even death, to you and your loved ones. Each article is designed to point you to a possible hazard and teach you how you can minimize the danger associated with it.
Please feel free to leave questions and/or comments below. I will reply promptly.