Ways to Keep Your Home Safe
At the end of a long day we love to retreat to the comfort of our own home, however, the familiarity of our homes often can lead to a false sense of security. Our homes are not always as safe as they seem. To help ensure the home sweet home is not only sweet but safe, it is important to take some easy steps around your home to not only protect but also prepare you, in case the unthinkable does happen.
- Often fire safety is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about home safety. There are many ways you can protect yourself such as placing a smoke detector on each level of your home, making it a point to test them monthly and changing their batteries twice a year. If a fire would break out it is important to be prepared with fire extinguishers on each level of your home as well and particularly in bedrooms and the kitchen. Keep in mind that if your home has a second floor, it is also important to be prepared with fire ladders that can be dropped out of windows to provide a safe exit down.
- If you have a pool, there are obvious safety risks. To help prevent the tragedy of drowning it is important to make sure your pool be enclosed on all four sides with fencing at least four feet high. Be sure the gate is self-closing, latches automatically and cannot easily be opened by a small child. An alarm can also be installed as added protection. Pool safety is very important
- Often overlooked hazards are invisible ones such as radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally occurring and has no odor, however, when it is inhaled it can cause lung cancer. It is important to test your home for radon. An inexpensive kit can be purchased online or at your local hardware store and is very simple to use. If your home does test positive for radon, there are professionals to help fix the source of the problem, typically for about the same price of other common household repairs. Another invisible danger is carbon monoxide. This colorless, odorless and tasteless gas can be quite deadly. Every home should have working CO alarms located in the hallway near any group of sleeping areas. It is also important to have gas appliances, chimneys, and heating systems properly maintained by a professional. If an item that burns fuel is used within or around the home, such as a kerosene heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions and only use it in a well-ventilated area.
- Finally, toxins such as mold can also pose a hazard within the home as well as be a contributor to allergies. Take a proactive approach by using dehumidifiers in damp areas and making sure there is good air flow throughout your home. Clean your home regularly and if mold is detected, it will need to be removed. If it is black mold a professional may need to be consulted.
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