We all like to believe that our home is a safe haven from dangers that can harm our family. But in reality, there can be many potential dangers lurking inside a house that can be harmful to the house itself and the people living within it. It’s important to take proactive measures to identify these dangers and take immediate action to reduce or eliminate them.
We’ve all heard about termites finding their way inside the wooden structural members that make up the main portion of a house. Once termites make your home their home, they will begin eating through anything made of soft wood including wall studs, floor and ceiling joists, roof rafters, supporting beams, and sub-flooring. Termites can go unnoticed for years or decades until walls are torn out during remodeling or until a critical supporting beam collapses causing serious damage or injuries.
Mold is everywhere and usually cannot be seen by the naked eye, until it finds the ideal conditions in which it can grow and multiply. By the time you see or smell mold, it has probably been there for a long time without anyone knowing about it. Mold can cause serious health problems for people with allergies, asthma, or weak immune systems. To eradicate mold from your home, it’s best to call a professional mold restoration service who has experience removing dangerous substances.
Fires within a home can happen unexpectedly causing serious or complete destruction to a house within a very short time. Every homeowner or renter should practice fire safety and fire prevention on a regular basis. If you have a very old home, have an electrician inspect the wiring within the walls and attic to make sure they can continue to be used safely. The fuse box or circuit breakers should also be checked. Smoke alarms, furnaces, and cooking appliances should be inspected and serviced regularly.
Small children are the most vulnerable to becoming injured within a home. Always look out for things that can harm children like sharp corners on countertops, unprotected electrical outlets, stairways, unsecured cabinet doors, and unsecured dressers and bookshelves. Homes with swimming pools should have security fences with self-closing and self-latching gates and/or an approved pool safety cover. By taking charge of identifying and eliminating household dangers, your home can be the safe haven you want it to be.