Tips for Making Your Home Safer

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You never want to be in a position where you wish you could rewind time because a tragedy has occurred. Although some tragedies are out of your hands, there are many that could have been prevented. It does not matter if you live alone or have a family, it is important to take steps to make your home as safe as possible. Below are some tips to get you started. 

  • Test Smoke Alarms - Assuming that you do indeed already have smoke alarms scattered throughout your home, they need to also be tested routinely. Pick a day each month to test them. Don't assume that they work. How will you know if your teenage son stole the batteries out of one if you don't test them? If you do not already have these in your home, it is time to get some.

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm - It is surprising that many people have smoke alarms in every room, but do not even have one carbon monoxide alarm. This is the silent killer. Carbon monoxide is toxic, but it is also odorless, colorless, and tasteless.

  • Safe Fire - If you are still burning wood in a traditional fireplace, it is time for a change. You can have a safe fire that is just as enjoyable and warm without introducing toxins into your environment or risking a chimney fire. Bio ethanol fireplaces are available in wall, freestanding, and tabletop varieties and produce a safe fire that does not compromise the air quality in your home.

  • Fall Prevention - Walk through your entire home and address any elements that could cause you to trip and fall. This could include loose rugs, electrical cords, piles of clutter at the door, poor lighting on staircases, etc. You might even find toys on the stairs. Eliminate these hazards.

  • Control Dust - You may be interested to learn that household dust does a lot more than look bad and aggravate allergies. It contains numerous hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, lead, and fire retardants. Get in the habit of vacuuming at least three times a week. Many do it every day. It only takes a few minutes.

  • Avoid Pesticides - If you use pesticides for insects, rodents, etc., you are compromising your health. These toxic chemicals are released into the air you breathe.

  • Filter Tap Water - You can have a picture perfect safe home, and still have dozens of contaminants in your water. Even if your tap water is considered good there can be traces of toxic chemicals. Bottled water is not the solution either. When the Environmental Working Group tested bottled water from the leading brands it found 38 contaminants, including bacteria, industrial chemicals, and fertilizer. Filtered water is better, but water from a reverse osmosis system is best.

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