Ensuring home safety is just one of the responsibilities of owning and living in a home. Electrical components are commonly used in homes, and homeowners sometimes store hazardous chemicals inside their homes. Further, fire hazards exist in homes that employ natural gas or where homeowners neglect to dispose of materials that increase the risk of fire hazards.
To make your greater Cleveland home as safe as possible, use this home safety checklist:
- Avoid using appliances and electronics with damaged, frayed or exposed wiring in the cords.
- Follow safety guidelines for electrical outlets, and don’t overload the circuits by plugging too many devices into one outlet.
- Never leave wiring in electrical outlets or light switches exposed. Always cover them.
- Don’t operate appliances that are malfunctioning, overheating or smoking. Dispose of them immediately and replace them with new appliances.
If you must store chemicals in your home, follow these safety guidelines:
- The location where you store chemicals should be well ventilated to let fumes escape.
- Never store chemicals near a heating device or appliance with an open flame.
- Ideally, you should store toxic cleaning solutions, pesticides, gasoline and the like in a detached garage or shed, instead of the home.
- Be aware of materials that will quickly ignite and cause a fast-moving fire in your home. These materials include old mattresses, furniture in disrepair, papers and boxes in storage, and old clothing. Remove these items from your home if possible.
- If you must keep some of these items in the home, store them far away from electrical equipment, equipment with open flames, and combustible appliances.
- Schedule annual preventive maintenance for all combustible systems in your home to ensure they’re in good operating condition, and to avoid fire hazards. Maintenance also promotes healthy indoor air by preventing combustion gases from getting into the home’s living spaces.
You’ll never regret the steps you take to increase home safety. For more expert advice, or to schedule preventive maintenance for your HVAC equipment or water heater, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We serve homeowners in greater Cleveland. Give us call today or visit our website for more information.
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