7 Ways to Make Your House Even Safer
Your home is supposed to be your safe haven, where you go to get
away from the rest of the world. But if not properly maintained,
that safe haven can become a dangerous nightmare. Here's how to
keep your home as safe as it should be.
Tips for a Safer Home
Want to make sure your safe haven is just that? Here's how:
- Sweep the chimney. A buildup of
creosote in your chimney can spark a fire. So can improper
ventilation, faulty flues, or chimneys that are not up to modern
building codes. Remedy the situation with an inspection and a good
cleaning by a chimney sweep.
- Beware the lint. Dryer lint might
seem like a benign thing, but it is actually a highly flammable
buildup. Clean out your dryer on a regular basis, and don't let
lint accumulate around it.
- Detect lethal gases. Appliances
that burn fuel have the potential to create carbon monoxide, which
can kill you and your family before you realize what's happening.
Avoid the problem by using proper exhaust on the appliances, and
invest in a carbon monoxide detector to uncover what you can't see
- Electricity and water don't mix.
Never place a television, radio, or similar appliance in an area
that sees a lot of water use. Be very careful with small appliances
traditionally found in bathrooms and kitchens, such as toasters and
hair dryers. They might seem too small to kill you, but they
- Keep out the wildlife. Squirrels,
bats, and other wild animals can get into your home through very
small gaps, usually between the roof and the structure itself. They
can set up shop in your attic, chew through cords, and leave toxic
droppings. If you hear the tell-tale scratching and squeaking, it's
time to eliminate the problem and close up those holes!
- Avoid an explosion. Methane gases
can build up in sewer lines, and if they build up in your home, you
have a potentially deadly situation on your hands. The simple
lighting of a match or pilot light can make methane explode. If you
catch a whiff of sewage, check it out immediately.
- Knock out mold. If you see mold
anywhere in your home, take steps to remedy the cause, and then
mold. Letting it linger can lead to breathing problems and
Stay safe in your safe haven. A little bit of prevention can
make you and your family much more secure.
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