Many people spend the majority of their time at home, especially this past year. Your home should be a safe place, free of hazards that threaten your family. Consider trying these easy ways to make your home healthy and safe
Test Smoke Alarms to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe
Smoke alarms are one of the most important safety features in your home. However, they can’t protect you if they don’t work. Test smoke detectors monthly to verify that they are operating correctly. They may malfunction because the batteries are dead, there is a problem with the wiring, or the devices are over a decade old. It isn’t good enough to just have smoke detectors, they also need to be monitored and maintained.
Inspect the Deck
A rickety or rotting deck is a dangerous safety hazard, especially if you have young children or pets. Inspect the deck, applying pressure to railings to see if they move. Railings around decks and stairs should be securely in place and all the boards should be in good condition. If you see areas of splintering, rotting, or protruding nails, have them repaired.
Water Heater Temperature
If the water heater temperature is set too high, you could easily burn yourself from the hot water coming out of the tap. 120 degrees is the ideal temperature to set the water heater thermostat. Higher temperatures can cause scalding burns.
Make Your Home Healthy and Safe by Limiting VOCs
Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are in many items including household cleaners, candles, detergents, paints, and factory-manufactured furniture. They cause irritation to the eyes, nose, mucus membranes, and respiratory system, and also pose some long-term health threats.
Keep products with VOCs out of your home as much as possible. Read the labels on household products and buy natural cleaning supplies. Alternatively, you could make your own cleaners from non-toxic ingredients. Choose VOC-free paint when remodeling. If you purchase factory-made furniture, let it air out outdoors for 24 hours before bringing it inside.