When we think of our homes, we picture them as sanctuaries. Your house is the one place in the world where you feel the safest and most comfortable. However, there may be lurking dangers you’re not even aware of there. Let’s review some of the most common hazards in the home so that you can identify problems and solve them before they become actual issues for your home or your health.
Too Few Smoke Detectors
You should install a smoke detector in every room and on every level of your home. By having too few smoke detectors, you might not notice a fire until it’s too late to take action and prevent it from spiraling out of control. Your detectors should also all go off together as soon as one detects a fire. When they coordinate in this way, you won’t accidentally tune a distant detector out if you’re using headphones or are otherwise distracted. Then, you can evacuate quickly.
For houses that people built prior to the 1980s, the most common hazards in the home are typically asbestos-related. Asbestos used to be a popular insulation material before people understood how toxic the substance is to humans. Asbestos poisoning is very serious, so you need to identify asbestos insulation and have professionals remove it as quickly as possible. An important thing to remember is that you should never try to remove asbestos on your own. Doing so is simply too great a risk. Call professional services that have the expertise and equipment to handle asbestos correctly.
Clothes Dryer Lint
Fires that originate from clothes dryer machines are more common than you might think. The leading cause of these fires is a buildup of lint in a dryer’s filter. The lint serves as the perfect kindling material when temperatures get hot. It may not seem like a big deal, but you should certainly clean your filter before every new load of laundry and clean the vent tube at least once a year.