Hi, I’m Rick! Welcome to Safety Products for the Home. Thanks for stopping by. I am confident the information presented in the contents of this site will be helpful to you as you seek to make your home a safe place for your family, friend and visitors. Please take your time, take notes, and take seriously the information on this site.
I grew up in a day when there was far less concern for safety. At least it seemed that way. We didn’t have seat belts and shoulder harnesses, safety seats for infants, booster seats for younger children. Best I can remember we didn’t have bicycle helmets, and having a manual bell on a bike was considered cool (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.
Growing up, my dad taught me safety. In Scouts (or, Boy Scouts) we were taught first aid, survival (in case we got lost), lifesaving, knife safety, and a multitude of other things.
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. At the time of this writing I am 59 and I still keep off people’s grass. Yes, I stay on the sidewalk!
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. Just as failing to change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles or so (3,000 miles by some people’s standard) can result in dire consequences, so can exceeding the speed limit or running a stop sign or going the wrong way on a one-way street. As a police officer I had to attend the Defensive Driving course every three year, so in my 32-plus years I sat through the class 11 times.
In my 5-plus years as a professional home inspector, a large part of my inspections involved locating and reporting safety concerns. Obtaining my licensed required a great deal of training in all components in a home.
My first and only wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary in December 2017, three years after I became a police officer. After retiring from the police department I became a licensed real estate inspector, more commonly called a home inspector. A large part of my job was inspecting for and reporting safety issues in homes.
Having raised two children and now having two grandchildren, I understand the importance of safety in the home. I also know full well the need for rules. Without them we would have an out-of-control society.
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 many 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.
The goal of this Website, Safety Products for the Home, is to inform you of the many hazards in the home and the resources available to help prevent death or harm to you and your loved ones.
Each article is designed to point you to a possible hazard and how you can minimize the danger associated with it. In most articles I recommend safety products while in others I recommend safety procedures.
One phrase you will see now and then in these articles is this – you cannot “grandfather” safety.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,