Do you actively try to keep your home a safe place? You should, especially if you have children. Every year, 2000 children under 15 die from an injury in their home. Even if you don’t have a child, it’s important to keep things safe.
That doesn’t mean you have to rebuild your home from the inside out. But there are simple actions every homeowner (and home renter) can take.
Keep Things Clean
Cleaning your house doesn’t just make it look nice. It keeps it safe. Often, accidents occur from something as simple as slipping or tripping on a mess that was left on the ground. Additionally, dirtiness can attract rodents and produce mold, both of which are unsafe.
Install/Test Fire Alarms and CO Monitors
There are over 350,000 house fires per year. If these aren’t detected immediately, damage, injury, and even death can occur. Most homes and apartments have smoke alarms in place these days, but they often don’t have working batteries in them.
It is very important that you have working smoke alarms placed around your home within earshot of bedrooms. In addition to smoke detectors, you should have CO detectors as well.
Carbon monoxide (CO) might not seem as scary as fire, but it can be very dangerous. This colorless, odorless gas typically enters the home through something as simple as a stove being left on. In addition to being toxic, it’s also highly flammable.
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer. Over 400 Americans die from CO poisoning, over 20,000 visit the emergency room, and over 4000 are hospitalized. Since it’s odorless and invisible, it easily goes undetected without a monitor in place.
That’s why there should be a CO detector on every floor, placed five feet from the ground. Like fire alarms, they should be placed near bedrooms, as they need to be loud enough to wake you up.
If you have an attached garage, you should also place one in the room nearest it.
Keep Your Home Secure
Home security doesn’t just protect your valuables. It protects you and your family. Break-ins often happen while someone is home. This can lead to a very dangerous confrontation. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at night and when you’re home alone.
A security system is definitely worth considering as well.
A simpler, yet still effective solution is to add motion lights by your home’s entrances. These are often enough to startle would be robbers and send them on their way.
Stock Up on First-Aid Essentials
Despite the best precautions, accidents can happen. You should always keep basic first-aid supplies on hand. Here’s a list of a few essentials to get you started:
- Adhesive tape
- Pain Relievers
- Hydrogen Peroxide (or other antiseptic)
While this list is hardly exhaustive, it should prepare you for most common situations.
Make Sure Your House Address is Visible
When it comes to serious emergencies, every second counts. If you’ve called an ambulance, police officer, or the fire department, they need to be able to accurately find your home. Having visible address numbers ensures they go to the correct home right away.
Check for Radon
Carbon monoxide isn’t the only odorless gas you need to worry about. Radon causes 20,000 deaths per year. While a little radon is common for most air, 1 in 15 homes have radon levels that are dangerously high. Every home should be inspected for radon.
If you haven’t had yours checked, either purchase a testing kit or contact a professional for a radon inspection. For radon inspection and mitigation in the Miami Valley area, click here.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Did you know that clothes dryers and washing machines cause over 15,000 house fires per year? The vast majority of these stem directly from clothes dryers. Over time, your dryer vents collect dust and lint. Even if you clean your lint trap out between every load, build-up still happens.
The only way to ensure your dryer system is safe is to have it inspected and cleaned. This simple, affordable process helps your machine run better, and it could potentially save lives. Keep your home safe. Have your dryer inspected.
For dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding cities, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today!