When you have a family, creating a safe environment is your top priority. Luckily, even though there are many serious safety hazards you can face in your home, most of them are fixed pretty easily. No matter what you have to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep your family in a safe environment. Here are some potential dangers in your home and how to avoid the worst from happening.
Believe it or not, home fires are responsible for 94 per cent of fire-related deaths. And half of those are because the fire alarms in the homes were not working properly and not having an evacuation plan considered. Even though you might think that you don’t have anything that will be a fire hazard, you are wrong. Most households have flammable clutter which is paper, boxes or curtains which will cause the fire to spread quicker and even block your escape route especially when the smoke is making it hard to see what’s ahead of you.
If you have chimneys, fireplaces or furnaces you are in the run for experiencing a house fire. Therefore you must have professionals inspecting your heating systems regularly.
Most people aren’t aware that kitchens can be a high-risk zone. Most fires in the kitchen are caused by unattended cooking.
Another common fire hazard is the electrical system that wasn’t regularly inspected. Alongside with that there are loose plugs and wires, using the wrong light bulb are all hazards that pose a threat in your home.
Because there are so many things you need to look out for, you need to have a fire safety plan. As well as having proper insurance for your family as well as your home.
Smoke or gas inhalation is one of the leading causes of being hospitalised. The most fatal and dangerous gas that can occur in a home is carbon monoxide. This gas is a natural byproduct of the burning of fossil fuels that is invisible, flavourless and odourless, which makes it really difficult to detect. If the gas is left in the atmosphere you can suffocate and die. Because of that, it is super important to have regular gas plumbing safety checks.
This might come as a surprise, but accidental falls in your home are in the lead when it comes to hazards. A large percentage of those falls are young children and elderly people but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t of danger to others. Many of those accidents are the result of the lack of lighting.
Another hazard can occur in the bathroom because of the possibility of water collecting on the tile and making it slippery. Believe it or not, rugs that are not placed properly installed are a common reason for falling. Even silly things like wearing socks on slippery floors are a hazard to look out for. But the most common reason for falling is tripping over the clutter in your home.
So make sure that your carpets are properly installed, stairs are well lit and there is always someone looking out for children in the bathroom.
When it comes to poison hazards, children are at the greatest risk of accidental poisoning themselves at home. That can happen if closets and cupboards are left unattended and unlocked and children are curious and not knowing that things can be poisonous and shouldn’t be put in the mouth. Because of that, it is important that you secure all the cabinets and closets that can contain anything that can be harmful if ingested. Even the hanging cupboards need to be locked in case the child climbs the counters.
But even the adults need to be careful. You can poison yourself while using toxic cleaning products and not airing out the room or mixing chemicals that shouldn’t be mixed and creating a chemical reaction.
Even though not everyone will be affected by allergies the same, mold will harm everyone in the house. Mould is created because of water vapour condensing on walls and it is linked to the humidity levels. If your home’s humidity levels are above 50 per cent you are very likely to develop mould. Bathrooms or broken tiles on the roof are the most prone to mould infestations. To keep your home mould free, get a humidifier, wipe away any condensation and look out for any mould forming and start treating it immediately.
There is nothing as important as creating a home that is safe for you and your family. It is important that you know what to look out for when you are taking on the job as the one to make sure that your home is hazardless. But it is important that you are aware that you can’t control somethings and stop someone from being hurt, you can take some precautions that will help avoid injuries from happening, reducing the amount of damage that can be caused to the property and keep your home a safe place.