Home is supposed to be a place of refuge – it’s where you go to unwind and recharge. However, you can unknowingly create an environment in your house that’s not conducive to your health and safety. Issues such as poor ventilation, water leaks or pests can become unwelcome surprises if you don’t proactively maintain potential problem areas.
Consider these suggestions for keeping your home healthy and safe:
- Dry up moisture. Humidity, water leaks and condensation can cause major mold issues that can negatively impact your family’s health. Prevent moisture from top to bottom – look for damaged shingles on your roof, holes or wood rot on your home’s exterior, clogged gutters or downspouts, plumbing leaks, and cracks in the basement. If you find condensation, damp carpeting, or water stains on your walls or ceilings, investigate and treat those areas immediately.
- Get (and stay) organized. Have a system in place to store and keep track of potentially hazardous items such as cleaning supplies, medications, bug sprays, lighters, and matches. Getting organized will help you know what you have and quickly locate the supplies you need. Tools, paint and other chemicals in the garage or basement should also be well-organized and stored out of young children’s reach.
- Keep pests and dust mites at bay. Regular cleaning will keep your home from being invaded by unwelcome guests. Sweep crumbs from the floor daily, dust and vacuum frequently, and keep counters wiped clean to discourage bugs and rodents. Also, leave your shoes at the door to avoid tracking bacteria and allergens throughout the house.
- Ensure proper ventilation. Install exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen, and be sure to change air filters at least every three months to keep your HVAC system working properly. Hire a professional to inspect your home’s ventilation systems if you have any concerns.
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