Keep Your Home Safe - Don’t Overlook the Little Things

From on July 09, 2008 in General

smoke-alarm.jpgWhen you have children, you already tend to pay closer attention to the little dangers around your home than those who don’t. Although you don’t need to have your outlets covered and the cabinet drawers secured, there are still some little dangers around the home that should be attended too.

Smoke alarms are one of the most obvious, and most homes come with them pre-wired into the electrical system. Give your home a quick once-over, and look for any areas lacking a smoke alarm. Be sure to test the batteries while you are at it. Almost more important, especially if you have gas components within your home, is a carbon monoxide detector. This one is often overlooked, but can be a silent killer. While on the topic of fire, make sure your homeowner’s insurance is current and adequate.

Take a closer look at your cleaning products and other household chemicals. Although it may seem like a minute detail, many of the everyday cleaning products we are accustomed to using are potentially harmful for our health. Consider throwing some of the harsher cleaners out for some more eco-friendly alternatives. If applying new paint or doing other repairs, choose more natural products that won’t release harmful VOCs into your air. Speaking of air quality, inspect for mold occasionally. Certain molds and mildews can be quite harmful for your health.

Look for the “hiding traps.” So you may know at 3:00 a.m. to avoid that loose board in the floor or not to lean on that one portion of railing, but an unsuspecting house guest may not be so lucky. Just look for any nagging little repairs that you never quite have the time to address.

Give your home an occasional preventative check-up, and request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area.