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Keeping Your Home Safe for You and Your Family

Keeping Your Home Safe for You and Your Family

Your home should be a safe haven, for both you and your family members. In order to ensure that it stays that way, there are some precautions that you need to take. The following are important to keeping your home safe:

Smoke alarms. Each home should have a working smoke detector on every floor, including attics and basements. Every bedroom of the house should have a smoke alarm installed in the room. It is best to test these alarms monthly to ensure that they are in good working order. Be sure to change the batteries regularly, many choose to do this at daylight savings as a reminder.

Carbon monoxide detector. Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can quickly poison. Just like a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide detector should be on all floors of the house and outside each bedroom. The same guidelines apply for testing your carbon monoxide detector as that of the smoke alarms.

Radon testing. Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from uranium breaking down in the soil and rocks. Radon is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Radon is undetectable just like carbon monoxide which can seep into your home.. Radon test kits are available to check the levels in your home. This should be done every two to three years.

Check for mold. Some types of mold can be toxic, creating health concerns for everyone in your home. If you find mold, it is best to have a professional identify it before trying to remove it. Many types of mold can spread through spores in the air if not removed properly.

Remove clutter. Over the years, it is easy for things to accumulate in the home. Clutter on the stairs and in hallways, can pose a health hazard. From tripping dangers to a quick exit if necessary, clutter should be kept away from these high traffic areas to ensure your family’s safety.

Chimney cleaning. If you have a working fireplace and chimney, it is important to have the chimney cleaned professionally each year before it is used. This reduces the chance of harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, entering the home.

Following these simple steps will ensure that your home is a safe and happy place for everyone.


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