Essential Safety Considerations For Your Home


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Owning your home provides you with the freedom to make changes wherever you feel they are needed. But it is also comes with responsibilities. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to fix it. This is true if there is a hole in the roof or a problem with the foundations. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are providing a safe environment for your home’s inhabitants.

Health Hazards

Starting with the most urgent issues first, there are a number potential health hazards that you could be at risk from. This is particularly true if you move into an old house. Older houses often have charm and character in abundance. They also tend to have a solid structure. However, they are not without their problems. Not all old houses meet with modern day codes, and therefore, you may find problems such as asbestos. This isn’t something that should be tackled yourself. It poses serious health risks. You should, therefore, seek the services of a domestic asbestos removal company. They will assess the problem and work out the most efficient and safest method of disposal.

Other issues that could present problems are the use of lead paint on walls and damp.

Gas

When you move into your new home, always ensure that the boiler is up to code. It should be serviced annually by a qualified engineer. Gas appliances should also be checked. Any issues should be fixed. In the meantime you should discontinue use of the affected appliance.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed. Check with an engineer as to how many you need. Check them regularly, at least once a month. Replace batteries on a regular basis.

Fire

Fire is another potential threat to your home and family. To ensure they stay as safe as possible, follow the steps below:

•Install smoke alarms and check them at least once a month

•Create an escape plan and ensure everyone knows how to follow this

•If you have security bars on windows or doors, ensure they have a quick release valve

•Keep window keys handy in case you need to exit in an emergency

•In case of fire, never open a door that feels hot

•Set up a meeting place outside of your house

•Ensure all electrical devices are in good working order

•Fix or throw away any electrical devices that are faulty

•Always ask an electrician to check faulty cables or outlets. Don’t attempt to do this yourself.

•Routinely check all electrical cables for signs of wear or damage

•Don’t leave pans on the stove when you’re away from the kitchen

•Don’t leave paper or towels near to the stove

•Never leave candles unattended

Garden Walkways

Keep paths and walkways clear to avoid tripping hazards. Fix any damaged paving. Make sure that all paths are well lit at night. If possible, invest in a security light. This will switch on at night automatically if it detects motion. Make sure that doorways are also well lit.

There are lots of potential risks in your home. These are just a few of the basics. Carry out regular maintenance checks to keep your home and its occupants safe. Always call an expert to deal with anything you’re unsure of.


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