I have heard more times than I can count how people’s homes are their sanctuary. I used to think this as well. Turns out, it’s not. At least not in reality. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but far too many homes simply aren’t safe enough to actually fit the definition of sanctuary. What I have learned over the past couple year has compelled me so much that I left my job and created a company where one of its main pillars is home safety (clean air and water are the other two pillars).
Years ago, after I woke up in the middle of the night to every smoke and CO detector going off, I started to wonder how safe my home really was. At the time, my job required me to be in and out of offices, buildings, construction sites and public places. I noticed everywhere I went there were safety measures in place. There were fire extinguishers at required locations, inspected, there were smoke detectors, CO detectors, sprinkler systems, exit plans, first aid kits, defibrillators… all inspected annually or at least every two years. They are required to be in working order all the time. As I started to see and realize all of this, I thought, wow, we have come a long way in making our public spaces incredibly safe. And then I thought of how far we have come for our homes… I have concluded, not very far…
We have smoke and CO detectors, one in every bedroom, at least one on the first floor and one in the hallway where bedrooms are located. These are inspected by the fire department and required to be functioning and in good working order… ONCE! When you buy a home, your local fire department inspects for these items and requires they be functional and in working order. Again, one time. If you have been in your home 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, it is still only one time. Not every year, not every other year. Now, I am not proposing the fire department be allowed into your home every year and inspect your fire safety, first aid or exit plans. What I am saying is we have become incredibly laxadasical regarding these life saving devices and the maintenance of them in our homes. Our homes are not nearly as safe as public locations. Think about it, how could they be? Honestly, do you change the batteries in your smoke or CO detector every 6 months? Do you test them? Do you have at least two working, NON expired fire extinguishers, one in your kitchen and one near where you sleep? Do you have a first aid kit? Fire evacuation plan? If you are anything like I was you definitely do not have all of these.
Since I was a kid, I remember the days of fire departments coming into our classrooms and teaching us stop, drop and roll. It was drummed into our heads so well, that we know some basics, sure. But much of the education regarding fires and home safety has become noise, we take it for granted and never think it will happen to us. So, we have become underprepared. A simple look inside most people’s homes will reveal that. Ion Home Wellness is a company that helps you remember by sending you what you need exactly when you need it. The service is not just the products being shipped to you, the service is the value we propose, the value of remembering for you, putting your home on a schedule and help you in keeping your family safe. This isn’t just about batteries being sent to you every 6 or 12 months, this is about doing the remembering for you, sending them to you when you need to change them and helping you protect your home and your family. Life is busy, I get that. We all take these things for granted. For the cost of a couple pizzas you can keep your home and family safe and we’ll do everything we can to help you with that.
Make your home an actual sanctuary.