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How to Prevent Home Safety Hazards

Your home is a place where your family should feel safe and secure. To maintain that feeling, you need to make sure that everything is as safe as possible.

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If there are any hazards in the home, then you will be preventing those from ever happening by taking preventative measures today!

Analyze Your Water

Water is something you and your family use every day for drinking, cooking, washing, etc. You don't want your tap water to be contaminated or unsafe. Calling in an inspection can help you know exactly what's in your water, preventing any harm to the people using it. 

You should test for bacteria and other potential contaminants by calling a local lab or company that provides this service. Drinking contaminated water can lead to illness, so make sure there isn't anything harmful making its way into your family's glass of tap water. 

If something is found during the inspection process, an expert will be able to determine how serious it is and recommend ways on how best to avoid future problems with contamination. It may also prevent further healthcare bills down the road if caught early enough! 

Inspect Your Appliances

You need to make sure your appliances are in good working order to prevent home safety hazards. This is essential for preventing fires and other accidents in the home.

Make sure your heating system is working properly, whether it is a fireplace or furnace. This includes checking to see if pilot lights are on and that all vents aren't blocked by debris. 

If you have gas appliances such as stoves and ovens, make sure these appliances receive yearly inspections from professionals who can test for carbon monoxide leaks which cause CO poisoning when fumes build up inside the house due to an improper venting system. 

Ensure dryers get checked out yearly too since lint buildup causes clogs that lead to fire hazards. 

Make sure smoke detectors work before leaving the house after installing new batteries.  

Finally, don’t forget about your refrigerators to ensure there's no rust around the door seal preventing proper ventilation which leads to food spoilage. 

Keep Your Gas Tank Sealed

If you use a gas appliance, keeping the gas tank sealed is probably something you already do. If not, now is a good time to start.

Keeping your gas tank sealed will help prevent home safety hazards and keep your family healthy. That's why it's important to check for leaks in this appliance every month.

To check this, remove the seal from around the valve on top of the gas tank and stick a rag into the hole where that little flap was right. Then, you should turn off all valves leading up to it making sure no one tries turning them back on.

Squeeze out some soap onto another section of cloth or paper towel, wetting about an inch with water but don't drench it completely. Now, stick the wet part of that cloth or paper towel into and around surrounding areas.

You might smell a little bit of soap if you're doing it correctly. If no bubbles start forming on the rag where there shouldn't be any, then your gas tank is okay.  

Childproof The House

Make sure your kids are safe in the house by preventing home safety hazards. 

Whether you have a crawling infant or an inquisitive toddler, it’s important to childproof your entire home including cabinets and drawers with baby locks, electrical outlets covered with plate protectors, furniture secured in place via straps or screws, doorknobs wrapped in foam pipe insulation covers.

It is also necessary to limit the access of kids under five years old to toxic chemicals like laundry detergent pods and all other cleaning supplies.

Install Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms will alert you to fire in your home before it is too late. If you are asleep, these alarms will wake you up and if everyone has evacuated the building, they can prevent people from being trapped inside a burning structure. 

Install smoke alarms near every bedroom of the house so that occupants have time to get out safely while avoiding injury or death due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clear Out the Clutter

You don't want anyone to trip over anything and hurt themselves, so preventing home safety hazards starts with clearing out the clutter.

Remove anything from stairs that may cause someone to trip or become injured. Also, keep the shelves organized so nothing can fall and hurt anyone. When you clear out clutter, preventing home safety hazards becomes much easier.

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Your family's safety is essential, and you need to know how to protect them. Analyze your water for hazardous chemicals and make sure your appliances work properly. Seal any gas tanks you have and childproof the whole house.

Install smoke alarms to alert you if there's a fire hazard and clear out the clutter so nobody gets hurt around the home. You'll have peace of mind because your family will be safe.

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