When not at work, most people spend a majority of their time at home. It’s easy to overlook the connection between our homes and our well-being. There are various hazards that could make your home less safe while increasing the risk of health issues. Let’s look at tips for maintaining a safe and healthy home.

1. Prepare for Fire Emergencies

House fires account for thousands of deaths annually. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire deaths occur in homes without functional smoke alarms. For safety, it is necessary to install smoke alarms in common areas, bedrooms, and the basement. Set a reminder to test your smoke detectors every month and replace the batteries twice a year. Keep a functional fire extinguisher on each level of your home. A fire blanket is another useful tool, helpful for extinguishing small fires that ignite on clothing.

2. Deter Pests to Promote a Safe and Healthy Home

Cockroaches, termites, ants, and mice are among the more common pests that invade a home. Depending on the type of infestation, you may face damages that are expensive to repair. The insecticides and pesticides used to get rid of them are also a threat because they contaminate the air and can lead to health issues. To keep your home safe from household pests, store your food and pet food in airtight containers. Clean the kitchen after every meal. Wipe down the surfaces around the house and regularly bathe pets to keep insects out of your home. Check your house for cracks and gaps and seal these areas so pests cannot gain access to the living spaces.

3. Monitor Carbon Monoxide to Keep a Safe and Healthy Home

Fuels like charcoal, wood, kerosene, and propane cause the release of carbon monoxide. The gas is odorless and colorless, making it hard to detect. When a large quantity is inhaled, carbon monoxide gas can cause nausea, headache, and tissue damage resulting in death. Regularly monitor fuel-powered home appliances. Have a technician inspect them for damage that could lead to carbon monoxide leaks and make repairs. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor, especially near the kitchen and bedrooms. For a safe and healthy home, test the devices regularly and change the batteries twice per year.

4. Prioritize Home Security

Apart from keeping your home healthy, being safe should also be a priority. Secure your property by installing a home monitoring system with alarms and cameras. Make sure your doors and windows have sturdy locks and install window and door sensors. Hiring a company to monitor the house is also an excellent way to help you feel safe at home.

5. Reduce Allergens and Irritants

Various factors lower the air quality in your home. Dust, mold, pollen, and smoke can cause allergic reactions and irritation. Pay attention to body washes, cleaning sprays, and air fresheners you are using. Some may affect the skin or trigger allergies in family members. Keep your house smoke-free to improve air quality and invest in an air purifier and dehumidifier. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms to remove odors, smoke, and humidity from your home.

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