Making Your Home Safe
Your home should be a place where you feel safe and comfortable. Follow these tips for a safe and healthy home in order to boost your well-being.
Provide Healthy Snacks
When your family members need a snack, they’re likely to go for items that are easy to find. To encourage your family to eat a well-balanced diet, stock up on healthy snacks. A basket of fruit on the kitchen counter provides easy access to healthy food. Slice up vegetables and put them on a tray in the refrigerator. Frozen fruit and protein powder can be used to make delicious and nutritious smoothies.
Be Prepared in Case of Fire
A house fire is dangerous, causing serious injuries and damage to property. The most destructive house fires occur in homes without functioning smoke detectors. Test your smoke detecting devices and make sure that they are working. Replace the batteries in them twice per year. Replace the actual detector if it’s ten years or older.
Create a Safe and Healthy Home by Using Safer Cleaning Products
Instead of purchasing commercial cleaning supplies, make your own with natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Many cleaning products contain synthetic fragrances and dyes which are known to cause allergic reactions in children and adults.
Electrical Safety in the Home
When using an electric device, check the cord for frayed or exposed wires. Repair or replace any appliances or devices with damaged cords right away. These will lead to a house fire or electrical shock.
Call an electrician if you notice outlet plates that are warm to the touch or if you detect a burning smell coming from an outlet or light switch plate. A professional will know how to troubleshoot the problem and safely make repairs.
Create a Safe and Healthy Home for Children
If you have kids, take time to childproof your living spaces. Cover sharp edges and corners of furniture with edge guards. Outfit outlets with plastic caps to prevent young children from sticking their fingers or toys in them. Install cabinet locks to protect children from hazardous chemicals and cleaning products stored within.
Prevent Mold Growth
Mold contributes to allergies and leads to other health problems. Prevent mold in your home by using ventilation fans in the bathroom and kitchen when you are cooking or bathing. Mop up any spills immediately and toss wet clothes in the dryer as soon as possible. Take care to avoid overwatering your houseplants. Houseplants will improve indoor air quality, but saturated soil will lead to mold growth.
Homeworx Services Inc. offers home inspections and certified mold inspections in Northern Virginia. Contact us to schedule an appointment.