If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, it’s important to make sure the house is up to code and free of any serious safety hazards. We’ve outlined the top 5 most common household hazards, you should look out for.
Smoke Detectors: Your home should have smoke detectors on every level of your home, not just the kitchen. In fact most home fires are caused by candles, smoking in bedrooms, or faulty electrical equipment, so it’s vital that your home is protected on every level. Also, your smoke detectors should be connected, so if one goes off, all the alarms sound. Make sure to test your smoke detectors regularly and change the batteries every 6 months.
Carbon Monoxide: In addition to smoke detectors, your home should have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. CO is an odorless and colorless poisonous gas that is deadly to people and animals who breathe it. Having a proper CO detector will alert you and your family should there be a danger. CO comes from stoves, fireplaces, grills, and furnaces, so make sure there is proper airflow to dispel the gas from inside your home.
Dryer Lint: Dryers cause over 6,000 fires per year, and the leading cause is built-up dryer lint. Make sure you clean the lint trap in your dryer between each load of laundry. Also, once a year, you should clean the vent tube that send air to the outside as lint can get trapped there as well.
Radon Gas: This is particularly important to check for prior to buying a home. You cannot see or smell the gas, but it can lead to lung cancer. About 1 in 15 homes has high levels, and it is impossible to spot without testing. It’s important to have your potential home tested prior to purchasing, so the seller can have the problem fixed.
Unprotected Pools: If you’re ready for year-round pool weather, Florida is the place to be. Having a pool in your backyard is one of the ultimate homeowner luxuries; however, it can be a massive safety hazard for younger kids. If you’re looking into purchasing a home with a pool, make sure there are security measures like a fence in place to make sure children cannot access the water unattended.