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4 Home Hazards That Can Be Easily Improved

Household accidents are frighteningly common, and you might not realize just how many hazards are in your home. While you will never be able to make your house completely safe, there are a few simple steps that you can take to mitigate some of the biggest dangers.

Leaky Pipes

A slow leak doesn’t always seem like a big deal, but those drops of water can cause an incredible amount of damage in a short period of time. In addition to damaging all of the nearby wood and metal, the leaking water is also going to increase your risk of a mold outbreak. Luckily, most minor leaks can easily be fixed with inexpensive supplies such as plumber’s tape or new O-rings.

Outdated Appliances

Over the years, older appliances will slowly begin to fall apart, and that can result in a wide variety of hazards. In addition to leaking water, some of those devices might also have frayed wires with powerful electrical currents running through them. While every appliance is slightly different, most of those machines need to be replaced every 10 or 12 years. Upgrading to newer appliances is going to improve the safety of your home and potentially reduce your monthly energy bills.

Loose Handrails

When a handrail is loose, it might not be able to support an individual who is leaning on it, and that could result in a serious accident. If any of the handrails inside your home are loose or wobbling, then you need to replace all of the parts as soon as you are able to do so. That includes the balustrading, bottom rail, and any of the support pieces. You might also need to add additional support brackets or anchors to the rails.

Airborne Contaminants

It is an unfortunate fact that the average home is filled with countless airborne contaminants and allergens. While most of those substances aren’t toxic, you could develop some health complications if you are exposed to them for long periods of time. To eradicate airborne contaminants, you must clean your home as often as possible and make sure that the air is constantly circulating. You should also consider investing in HEPA filters for all of your bedrooms.

Even if you do everything in your power to make sure that your home is as safe as possible, accidents can still happen at any time. That is why you must invest in a high-quality first aid kit that includes all of the supplies that you will need for injuries such as burns, scrapes, and bruises.

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