Your home should be the safest, most secure place for you and your family. It’s the place where you should be able to relax as much as possible. However, the old saying about most accidents happening in the home has more than a grain of truth to it. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that your home might be putting you at risk.
Fire is often one of the biggest fears for many residents, and understandably so. Damp can cause damage to your home over time but a fire can do irreparable harm to your home and everything in it very quickly, not to mention the danger it presents to a home and family. However, there are many people who, despite this fear, don’t take the proper precautions to prevent fires in their homes. The majority of residential fires start from an electrical source, most commonly the overloading of sockets with too many appliances. Make sure that every plug socket that you use is surge protected. The most important thing that you can do in order to protect your home from fire is, of course, to make sure that your smoke alarm is working. The biggest danger to you and your family is the inhalation of smoke, without a smoke alarm you could end up inhaling large amounts of smoke in your sleep, doing a great deal of, potentially deadly, damage to your lungs.
One of the most dangerous things about a gas leak in your home is that it can be incredibly difficult to detect. Carbon Monoxide cannot be detected by sight, sound or smell the vast majority of the time, meaning that your home could be leaking the deadly gas and you would never know. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do. By purchasing a CO detector, you can be sure that you know straight away about the presence of the dangerous gas in your home. The most common cause of a gas leak is not having your appliances regularly serviced. By having a professional check them over at least once a year, you can be sure that you and are family are completely safe. When buying any new ones, make sure that they are inspected by an independent party before purchase. A gas leak is unlikely, but it’s certainly not worth taking the risk.
Your home is supposed to offer you protection from the elements, which makes it all the more unpleasant when any kind of weather damage causes issues for you. Whether a leak is causing damp throughout your home or the cold is constantly getting in, managing the weather is something you don’t want to ignore. Things like exterior wall covering and insulation can make a huge difference in how well your home stands up to the elements. Just make sure that you reach out to the right people to install those kinds of things for you.
Of course, most of these things are pretty unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore them. By hiding your head in the sand, you just make it all the more likely that you’ll end up having to deal with these issues.