Every single home has a few safety hazards in it; even if you wrapped your home in cotton wool, it wouldn’t be safe from everything in life! And because of that, we need to know the signs and dangers of the modern home. After all, most accidents happen within the home, and if you’re someone with young kids, it’s important to remove as many hazards as possible from their daily life. So, without further ado, here are the top three hazards you need to keep an eye out for, in terms of both preventions and what to do, just in case.
First, there are plenty of toxic materials in your home, from simple yet obvious cleaning solutions to flowers that could be harmful to any pets you live with. It’s why any and all toxic or flammable chemicals should be kept locked up in a cabinet somewhere, rather than just kept under the sink, if you have any young children living with you.
There’s always a chance a fire is going to start in your home, simply because we cook on stoves and with ovens, and we use air fryers and chip pans that could spark or boil over with oil at any point. And because of this, it’s always good to be aware of the extent of the fire hazards that exist in your kitchen. Most of all, make sure any smoke detectors in your home are tested on a regular basis and never leave anything cooking in the kitchen on its own.
And if a fire ever does break out, it’s a good idea to have the number of a Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration service written down somewhere. You’re going to want to minimize the after-effects of a fire as soon as possible, as it could cause further ruin, such as collapsing ceilings and fume inhalation if left for too long.
And of course, there’s always a chance of a gas leak occurring in your home. If you smell an obvious gassy scent in the air, be sure to leave the house and call someone to deal with the problem for you – they’ll be able to tell you when your home is safe to enter again and exhume any dangerous gasses without delay.
However, a gas leak isn’t always obvious. Carbon Monoxide cannot be detected via smell, and it’s good to always have a Monoxide alarm around just in case. It’s also a good idea to get your boiler and any heaters in your home checked, to see if they’re operating correctly, and not releasing this gas into the air without your knowledge.
Safety hazards in a home environment can be numerous. We don’t like to think of our houses as dangerous places, but it’s essential to do so to live a healthy and happy life. So, make sure you’re carrying out checks like those listed above, just in case.