Keeping Your Home Healthy for YOU & Those YOU Love

Home Improvement

Looking for great ways to keep your home healthy, and keep yourself and your loved ones healthy too?  Well, here are some great tips, some you will say, "Well, of course!", and some you might not have considered.  Read on to see how to Keep Your Home Healthy for YOU &Those YOU Love!

Cleaning your home may be the most obvious way to keep it healthy, but staying on top of minor repairs before they become major problems is important too.  Be sure to inspect your home and repair, replace, and maintain appliances, HVAC systems, windows, doors, as well as outdoor items such as downspouts, gutters, siding, garage doors, etc.  Keep everything in good working order, lubricating as needed, winterizing as appropriate, and keeping a watch for leaks, cracks, and other unusual things.  Address these right away to save expense later as well as maintaining safety and keeping your home healthy.

Was your home built before 1978?  If so, have you had it tested for lead-related hazards?  Homes built before 1978 have the potential for lead-based paint and this can be toxic, especially to children if they ingest it.  If you are unsure, have the walls tested and remediated of lead-based paint if necessary.  For further information on lead-based paint hazards, visit this page.

Radon can be another item of concern.  This is a naturally-occuring but dangerous gas that can enter homes through crawlspaces, foundation cracks, even the soil.  If you are concerned about the potential for radon in your home, have it tested.  If your home tests high, there are radon removal systems that can be installed to remove this dangerous hazard, making your home healthy for you and your loved ones!  To learn more about radon, visit this page.

Keep poisons and dangerous cleaning products out of reach of children.  Also be sure sharp objects, open electrical outlets, hard or sharp surfaces along the floors are not in areas where children play and can get hurt.  Secure any loose rugs that might become tripping hazards. Keep plastic bags out of reach as these can suffocate a child if placed over their head.

Make sure you have good ventilation in bathrooms and the kitchen as this will cut down on contaminants that can concentrate there, mold that can develop and grow if wetness lingers.  Be sure to supply fresh air to these areas as often as possible.

Seal cracks and openings throughout your home where unwanted insects and other pests might enter in search of food, water and shelter.  Store food in pest-resistant containers.  If you do encounter a problem with some unwanted pests, boric acid powder is the least toxic pesticide to use to eliminate them.  Sticky-traps and baits in closed containers can also be effective.  Just be careful that children cannot access these.  You will want to place them in areas that are out of reach!

These are just some of the ways for Keeping Your Home Healthy for YOU &Those YOU Love!  Common sense is always best so be sure to use your own best judgement too!