Maintaining a safe and healthy home

Maintaining a safe and healthy home should be everybody’s goal. Just as the proper function of a home involves the interplay of numerous systems, there are numerous factors that really must be addressed to guarantee your house provides as safe and healthy an environment as practicable. Here are just a few items of the many items to consider.

Order a radon testing kit for your home. Jan was Nationwide Safety Radon Month but it is definitely never really too late to check your home for radon. Regardless of if you tested your house a few years back or a recent test of a neighbor’s home did not denote a concern, it doesn’t mean that present conditions in your own house are the same. House renovations, energy retrofits, and weatherization projects can all make a contribution to changes in radon levels. The only real way to find out if radon levels are elevated beyond the recommended action point is to check for it. Pros guesstimate that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer annually.

Make your house smoke and particulate free. But it is not just cigarette smoke that can make a health jeopardy. Never let anyone smoke in or near your house particularly if someone in your family is pregnant, has asthma or other respiratory issues. Poorly vented fireplaces, unwarranted candle burning, the over-employment of aerosols and products publicized to "clean" the air all add doubtless damaging suspensions.

Check for fall perils. Do a 3-minute "clean sweep" of your home, especially the stairs and hallways and particularly if children or older friends or kin spend some time in your house. Frequently pick up garments, shoes, bags, and any other mess and clear it out of the way so it won’t cause falls. Accidents on steps are a leading reason for a big number of accidents in homes. Falls, especially on stairs, are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for adults over age 65.

Test your smoke alarms. Call a chum, relative, professional electrical engineer or your local fire dept and ask for help straight away. Don’t let one night go by without protection. Having working smoke alarms in your house cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.

Note : These tips are only general guiding principles. Since each situation is different, contact a pro if you have questions about a specific issue.