9 hidden dangers in your home

9 hidden dangers in your home

August 14, 2017 at 8:55 AM

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Home safety is always a top priority for every homeowner. Most homeowners are willing to invest just to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe. But, there are few safety aspects that some homeowners if not all tend to forget; addressing hidden dangers. Areas of your home that store equipment and hold your home’s structural components should be your main focus when planning a long term and reliable home safety routine. Equipment such as; dryers, stoves, and furnaces require extra care and maintenance to avoid any form of accidents from occurring. On the other hand, fireplaces and roofs are structural components that require regular checks and cleaning to avoid emergencies. Below are 9 hidden home dangers that you must address.

The Roof

The roof is as important as your home’s foundation. It protects you and your loved ones from adverse weather conditions, especially during the night. However, the roof wears out over time and must be maintained to retain its purpose. If your roof leaks for an extended period of time, the moisture creates molds in your home. It is important to maintain your roof by reviewing its state often. 

Plumbing System

The plumbing system is essential for all homes and must be in perfect working conditions always. But, due to their work, plumbing systems are prone to blockages or leakages. Plumbing leaks can lead to unexpected and dangerous falls. Hire a qualified plumber once in a while to inspect your plumbing system and fix any arising problems. 

Fireplace

Carbon monoxide is emitted each time a fire is lit. It is an odorless gas that can be fatal if inhaled. As such, fireplace like chimneys should be cleaned regularly to prevent CO storage. 

Laundry Room

Ensure that you keep your dryer clean and danger free by cleaning the lint and air duct to prevent fires. 

Kitchen

Cooking takes place in the kitchen meaning that kitchens are most prone to fire accidents. So, your kitchen should have strategically installed fire and carbon monoxide alarms to prevent fires and CO from causing damage.

Windows and Doors

Reinforce your doors and windows to prevent burglary attacks. Secure them with extra steel locks and if possible use motion detectors and window alarms that sound when the windows are opened. 

Garage

The garage is an important and over utilized part of the house. It stores chemical clutter some of which is highly flammable. As such, it can be a cause of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning due to car emissions. Your garage should also have fire and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Basement

Just like the garage, the basement stores chemicals and tools. So, it should be out of reach for children and watch out for radon, carbon monoxide, dampness, mold, and risks of fire. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive and associated with the increased cancer cases. A simple radon test should indicate whether your garage is within acceptable rates.

Outdoors

Trim trees and grass to deter thieves and avoid attracting rodents. 

Conclusion

Home safety should be a priority, and you should go through all parts of your home to ensure that your home is protected from any form of danger. 

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