When someone in your household gets sick, this often leads to stress and anxiety. One parent will take care of the children while the other recuperate. This also means dipping into your emergency fund for tests and medicine. You’ll have to depend on just one income while the other is unable to work. This causes stress, worry, and anxiety. This is why it’s important to always make sure that your home is safe and contributes to your physical well-being.
One of the many things homeowners don’t notice about their homes is the presence of pests: termites, mice, cockroaches, and insects. These are the hidden dangers of owning a home. If you live in Chesapeake, contact a pest control company to eliminate these dangers from your home. Other cities have similar services to make sure that your home is pest-free.
Your home should be a sanctuary, but unfortunately, there are many things there that could be posing hazards to your health. If you live in an old home, there can be asbestos and lead-based paint present there. Make sure to get an inspector to recommend what needs to be done to remove these from your house. As a precautionary measure, don’t stay in the house unless these have been resolved. If you’re just about to buy a new home, have it first inspected against asbestos and lead paint.
If someone in the family is smoking, it can be putting the non-smokers in danger, too. Secondhand smoke is prevalent in a home. It sticks to the clothes of the smoker and contaminates the air for hours. Other health hazards are equally invisible. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that radon and carbon monoxide levels in most homes are high. You should have these checked by a professional inspector.
Is your home protected from disasters? Do you know that one in every four smoke alarms is not working properly? When was the last time you had your smoke alarm tested? Install smoke alarms in the living room, hallway, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. This will give you a warning, allowing you to prevent a fire from getting out of control.
If your house is located in an area that experiences typhoons all year round, install stronger windows and doors. Cut off hanging tree branches because these could break and fall on your roof. Install stronger locks for your shutters, too. These will prevent the doors and windows from breaking because of wind and rain power.
Your kids stay at home 90% of the time. They should be kept safe. Secure your stairs with a gate so that they cannot climb up and down. Cover the edges of the table and countertops with foam so that they don’t accidentally hit their heads. In the bathroom, make sure that there’s a non-slip mat for the kids and elders. You may not know it, but your home is a disaster area, too.
Always be prepared for situations that might put you and your family in danger. Taking care of your family is your number one priority. It shouldn’t take a backseat to cheaper homes and stylish décor. If your home isn’t safe, where else will you and your family be safe?