We know our homes better than anyone, but it can be easy to miss home safety concerns that are right on our doorsteps. So take control of your in-home health and safety with these easy, tidy-time tips:
When you’re sweeping…
- Inspect the floors: Warped, cracked, or peeling flooring can be a tripping or foot injury hazard—once you spot it, repair it.
- Secure carpets and rugs: Smooth rugs flat on the floor, and secure them with non-slip padding or grippers.
- Inspect stair railing and banisters: Carefully examine the railing for loose screws or joining. These components can loosen over time, so check them periodically and tighten/replace as needed.
When you’re dusting…
- Dust vents and vent covers: Regularly clean filter covers and air vents of appliances (dryer, microwave, etc.) and heating/air-conditioning elements in your home. Not only will it help the system run more efficiently and cut down on allergens and grime, but it also reduces the risk of fire hazard.
- Test smoke alarms: Make sure all smoke alarms are functional and equipped with reliable batteries.
- Check for frayed or exposed appliance wires: This kind of wire damage can occur with age, but it can also result from regular wire movement or friction—plus some pets love to treat wires like toys. For the safety of every member of your home, check wires throughout your home regularly, and immediately unplug electric devices with damaged wiring for repair.
- Inspect outlets and plugs: Homes with small children should have child-proofing outlet covers, and all homes should have well-installed outlets. Make sure your outlets are securely installed into the wall, and that outlet/switch plate covers are tightly screwed in place. Notice an outlet is warm to the touch?—this could be evidence of an electrical hazard and should be inspected by an electrician as soon as possible.
- Practice safe outlet usage: Don’t overload your outlets with excessive wattage—either through extension cord use or multiple high-wattage appliances. If your current outlet connection does not support your electrical needs, contact an electrician about some simple installation solutions.
When you’re stocking the bathroom or kitchen sinks…
- Inspect pipes and faucets: Ensure that bathroom and kitchen pipes and faucets are properly joined and leak free. These areas are easy to ignore, but are also the most prone to mold and slip-fall injuries.
- Look ….and sniff, for evidence of mold: Mold can often be smelled before it can be seen. Mold is common in the shower area, but it can also form through condensation or leaks in ceilings, corners, or underneath the sink. Mold can be cleaned using commercial products or a natural solution of water and vinegar, but if you’re concerned about the level of mold development, it’s best to get an inspection to assess the damage.
Many home health and safety hazards, like mold or clogged vents, can be avoided with regular cleaning and WeClean4You can help! The health of your home and the safety of your family is important to us, so contact us today to secure a clean home for yourself.