Important Tips on How to Keep Your Home Safe and Healthy 

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Our homes are meant to be a safe space for us and our families. Keeping our homes clean and tidy is not only aesthetically pleasing but it is also beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing. However, there can be underlying circumstances that can lead to repelling health hazards and property damage if we do not maintain our household regularly. Some homes may be prone to molds, rodents and insects, and water leakage. A safe home environment is critical to one’s physical and mental wellbeing.

To help we have listed below some proactive tips on how to keep our homes safe and healthy.

Check for leaks

It is important to keep your home dry and free from water that can enter your home through a faulty roof, crack, or drainage system. Make sure to check your roof and plumbing throughout the house – from the kitchen to your bathrooms. Perform a general maintenance check around your exterior plumbing and inspect for any holes and leaks.  Outside water can be dirty and damage your property and bring in unwanted infections into your household.  Always make repairs during the summer so you will be well prepared for a lot of rain during autumn and winter.

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Keep it rodent and pest-free

Prevention is an effective way to keep rodents and pests out of your home. Always keep your food safe and clear up your kitchen properly after every meal. Never leave food laying around overnight. Cover your trash with a secure lid. Pests, rats, and possums from outside can take advantage of your poor hygiene habits and enter your home through a small open nook. To take back control of your home, seal entry points immediately, cut any nearby tree branches leading to your home and invest in effective pest control. Look for rat poison review sites to help you find the best one to get rid of pesky rodents that can cause destruction and bring in unwanted diseases into your sanctuary. Remember to keep poisons away from the reach of children and your beloved pets.

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Clean and make repairs

Reduce unwanted clutter. Give away furniture or redundant items in your home to charity or thrift stores. Having more than you need will just make it more difficult to dust and clean. Purchase safe-to-use anti-bacterial detergents and cleaning supplies that can help you maintain clean surfaces throughout your home. Check the placement of your carpets or rugs that can cause someone to slip and fall. Never put off your repairs. Tend to a faulty door, a window that won’t close, a hole in the wall, or a faulty wire immediately. This will prevent any untoward accidents and could save your life and others in the future.

Good ventilation is key

Reduce the concentration of contaminants in your space by redoing deteriorating paints and maintaining clean windows and floors. Test your home through the assistance of an expert for unwanted gases like radon, that can enter your home through the soil, or foundation cracks. If you use gas to cook and heat your home always make sure your home is well ventilated by opening windows during the day to help supply a fresh source of air to your home.

Look for molds and mildew

Keep your home dry at all times. Mildew is typically found on the surface of moist, warm areas. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce through lightweight spores that travel through the air. It is important to clean your bathroom and other damp areas in your household with safe, non-toxic antibacterial cleaning products. Mold and mildew can be extremely dangerous to people who are prone to allergic reactions and may trigger unwanted health and respiratory issues. Maintain your home air-conditioners and vents. A bathroom with an exhaust fan that is vented on the outside is safer because it does not retain moisture inside the house.

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Be protected and ready

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every room or floor of your house, including the attic and basement.  Purchase a multipurpose fire extinguisher, fire blanket, and a bucket that are easily accessible in case of an emergency. Secure your windows, doors and other entry points to prevent any unwanted intruders. Ready a list of quick access numbers on your phone in case you need to call for help. Invest in CCTV cameras around your home and always check your locks. Put away or dispose of any hazardous fluids and cleaners and keep them away from the reach of children.

Consider your outside areas and yard

Fix any holes, cracks, or leaks that can be found in the exterior of your home. Throw out any standing water around the house that can serve as a breeding ground for unwanted bugs and mosquitoes. Maintain your garden, outdoor gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding during heavy downpours. Maintain your septic tank and water sources to prevent any cross-contamination which could lead to sickness.

Wrapping up

In conclusion, maintaining and looking after our immediate surroundings will help us have a safe and clean home. A well-kept home is the key to a healthy life that enables us to enjoy our time with our loved ones for years to come. 

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