Whether you own or rent your property, ensuring that both you and your family feel safe at home is essential if you want to be able to fully enjoy the time you spend there. Thankfully there are plenty of precautions you can take to ensure your home life remains a happy one.
Home fires are fast and deadly. A typical house can be wholly engulfed in flames in less than two minutes and even a small fire can reach temperatures as high as 600 degrees at eye level – enough to scorch lungs. Fitting smoke alarms to every room of your home and making sure that all those who live there know exactly how to behave in the event of a blaze will greatly improve your chances of surviving such a disaster.
Simple precautions such as never leaving the stove unattended, even for a short time, while cooking, positioning your barbecue grill at least 10 feet away from your deck railings and sidings, replacing all old, damaged or worn electrical cords and keeping combustible objects away from space heaters will reduce the risk of a fire starting accidentally.
Problems with pests
Some level of pest infestation is almost inevitable for most homeowners, especially when it comes to insects. However, other pests can present a significant health risk to you family with rodents in particular being known for carrying a wide range of diseases. Although getting bitten by a rat or mouse in your home is extremely rare, some of the diseases they carry can be spread by their droppings, urine or even by the ticks that live on their bodies.
After rodents, cockroaches are some of the most troublesome and resilient pests you can encounter in the home. They are known cause allergic reactions and in some cases, can even trigger asthma attacks, so eliminating is essential if you want to safeguard your family’s health and safety. If you have any kind of serious infestation, it’s best to call in the services of a professional pest control firm, such as, to ensure the underlying causes of the problem are dealt with in such a way that the problem will not return.
Unexpected home hazards
Every home is full of potential hazards. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more accidents occur in the home than anywhere else and on average, 6,000 people die each year as a result.
Seemingly innocuous objects are often the cause of serious accidents. Pillows, mattresses and beds, for example, are often involved in falls that lead to broken limbs. Choosing too thick a blanket can also be a hazard for babies in cribs.
The combination of water and slipper falls mean that bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in any home. Thousands of people are also injured by televisions each year. Although this might seem odd at first, you only need to think about how dangerous a badly fitted television can become if it falls off the wall to see how such a figure can come to be.
If you want to ensure your family is as safe as possible, wherever they venture in your home, take some time to check around all the fixtures and fittings to ensure there is nothing out of place that could lead to an unfortunate accident.