As a homeowner, there are certain easy things you can do to make your home healthy and safe. Here are 5 areas to improve upon the health and safety of your home.

Improve Home Security

You’ll have more peace of mind whether you are home or away when you have a home security system in place. Install a smart doorbell that can be monitored from your phone remotely or subscribe to a security company that monitors your property 24/7.

In some cases, displaying security company signs and having cameras is enough to deter burglars from targeting your home. Other effective methods include using smart home systems to make it look like an empty home is occupied and installing motion sensor lights outdoors.

Make Your Deck Safe

An old and rotting deck is unsafe for people and pets. The railing might give in under the weight of someone leaning on it, causing a fall. The deck boards or steps could buckle and pose a tripping hazard.

If the deck is in disrepair, it should be taken down and rebuilt. Preventive maintenance each year will help extend the lifespan of your deck.  Sand it down and apply new stain and sealant. Fix any damaged boards and fasteners as you notice them.

Prevent House Fires to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe

Houses without working smoke detectors are less safe. Protect your family from the risks of a house fire by testing the detectors monthly and changing the batteries twice per year. There should be detectors in every bedroom and in common living spaces.

Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of a grease fire. Get window ladders for the bedrooms on the higher levels of the house. A house fire is one of the most devastating disasters, so be sure to keep your home and family protected.

Eliminate Mold

Living with mold in the home causes health problems from allergies to chronic neurological symptoms. Prevent mold before it starts to grow by keeping the house dry and humidity levels low.

If you suspect you already have a mold problem, determine the source of the moisture and clean up any mold you can find with a bleach-based cleaner. If the mold infestation is already advanced, hire professionals to mitigate the problem.

Purify Indoor Air to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe

Mold spores contaminate your indoor air, but so can other pollutants like smoke, dander, pollen, dust, and VOCs. Use air purifiers around the home to capture pollutants and filter your indoor air. Improving indoor air quality will benefit your family’s health, particularly those who suffer from allergies or other respiratory issues.

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