You work hard to keep your house and family safe every day. You make sure that things are in their proper spot, that there’s food on the table, and that your children are safe after you tuck them into bed at night. In spite of all your efforts, your home is hiding some very real threats that are hiding right under your nose.
Here’s a list of 6 hidden dangers that are present in your home and what you can do to prevent them!
Power Surges – It’s easy these days to stay plugged into technology constantly. More than likely, your outlets are probably all filled with cords that connect to your tv, computer, and chargers for all of your electronic devices. Staying constantly plugged in, however, can lead to power surges. When lightning strikes, a power surge can damage your electronics and appliances and can even spark a house fire. Prevent this by investing in surge protectors and remember to unplug your appliances and electronics during severe storms.
Dirty Lint Traps – Laundry is enough of a chore as it is, so it’s easy to forget to attend to that lint trap in your dryer. Forgetting to clean out the lint trap can cause lint buildup, which can cause your dryer to overheat or start a fire. Make sure you clean out the lint trap before and after you use the dryer, and get your dryer vents cleaned every single year to ensure that the line is clear of lint. Getting the vent cleaned may help prevent a possible dryer-induced house fire and can keep your appliance running much more smoothly.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks – This is perhaps the deadliest of all hidden traps your home could have. Carbon monoxide (CO), which is often called “the silent killer,” results in about 15,000 emergency departments visits and nearly 500 deaths annually, according to the CDC. Fuel-burning appliances are oftentimes the source of these leaks. The best way to fight against any kind of CO leak is by installing carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, including the basement and outside all sleeping areas. Replace these alarms every 5 to 7 years for the greatest safety success.
Trip Hazards – It might be tempting to just kick off your shoes right when you walk in the door or leave your stuff on the sides of your couches and chairs, but these seemingly benign items can cause serious injuries if someone were to trip and fall. To avoid any unexpected falls, keep your home safe and clean. Storage bins and organizational units can really help in this department.
Foundation Cracks – Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? You might not be too concerned with this odorless, radioactive gas, but as a homeowner, you need to be aware of it. Radon can move up from the soil and enter your home through cracks in your foundation and around service pipes and construction joints, even if you don’t have a basement. While you can’t smell or see radon, you can test for it easily with an at-home testing kit. If you find that your results say that you have an elevation of the gas, don’t worry – it’s fixable! The EPA says that some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels by up to 99%.
Unsecured Doors and Windows – Unlocked and unsecure doors and windows are essentially open invitations for burglars to come in and ransack your home. Remember to lock up your home every time that you leave and also during the night. Security cameras and floodlights can help ward off intruders as well.
We understand that maintaining a home can be stressful, especially in times of crises. Be sure that your home is protected in case anything happens – call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to learn more! We are dedicated to protecting you, your family, and everything that is precious to you.