More people are spending time at home in 2020 than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the virus, staying in good health is on everyone’s mind these days. Take these steps to help make your home healthy and safe and support your family’s well-being.
Make Your Home Healthy and Safe with Smoke and CO Detectors
Some of the most basic but necessary home safety features are smoke and CO detectors, as both can be life-threatening. Smoke detectors alert you when a fire breaks out in your home so that everyone has an early warning to exit the building. Carbon monoxide is impossible to detect without a CO alarm. It is invisible and odorless, but deadly to breathe.
When fuel-burning appliances malfunction, they may let off CO into your house. Have both CO detectors and smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level of the home. Test their batteries monthly so you know that they will alert you in an emergency.
Reduce Chemicals in the Home
There are unhealthy chemicals in all sorts of household items. Commercial cleaners, dryer sheets, scented candles, and air fresheners are all seemingly harmless products that are likely to contain volatile organic compounds and other toxic chemicals.
For instance, dryer sheets contain benzyl acetate which is linked to pancreatic cancer, and scented candles often contain known carcinogens. Fortunately, you can find all-natural alternatives to all of these products. Research the ingredients before bringing these items into your home and make the safer choice for your household.
Prevent Mold Growth to Keep Your Home Healthy and Safe
A mold infestation is one of the unhealthiest problems your home can have, and mold exposure can cause health problems. At the very least, you and your family may notice allergy symptoms even with just a small amount of mold in the home.
The key to preventing mold is keeping the home dry, both by keeping rainwater out and having a sound plumbing system that’s free from leaks. Monitor the humidity levels in your home and don’t let it rise above 50% indoors. You can lower humidity using a dehumidifier.
Take Precautions When Remodeling
A simple remodeling project can pose some health hazards in certain situations. If materials have been water damaged, they are likely moldy and can affect your home’s structure and your family’s health. Older homes may contain toxic materials like asbestos and lead paint.
If your home was built in the 1980s or before, have it tested for dangerous materials before starting an invasive remodel. This way, toxic materials can be handled safely without spreading unhealthy dust and chemicals throughout the home.
There are more risks to your health and safety at home than you may realize. Take the above precautions to safeguard the well-being of your loved ones.