There are many things you can do to create a safe and healthy home. Many homeowners are unaware of the risks in a house that can pose a threat to their families. Here are a few steps to make your home safer and improve your well-being.

1. Use an Air Purifier for a Safe and Healthy Home

A basic air purifier will improve your home’s air quality. Buy a machine that uses HEPA filters to reduce even more allergens. There are also air filters that use UV lights to kill bacteria and viruses. This is especially helpful during flu season. Along with regular hand-washing and general cleanliness, a UV filter can help decrease the transmission of illness to other family members.

2. Install Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are essential in every household. These devices will sound an alarm when they sense smoke, giving your family an early warning to the danger. Install detectors in every bedroom and on every floor of the house. Devices should be installed anywhere there is a chance of fire: near the kitchen, in the laundry room, in the garage, and near the furnace.

3. Add Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Your Home

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that cannot be seen or smelled. A leak can go undetected and end in tragedy. Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in the house. Check the batteries in all of the smoke and CO detecting units a few times every year.

4. Test for Radon to Keep a Safe and Healthy Home

Radon is a radioactive gas that can seep into the lower levels of your house. This gas is harmful to breathe and is known to cause lung cancer. It’s important to test your home for radon. For the best results, hire a professional to conduct a test for you.

5. Clean Gutters and Maintain Roofing

Gutter blockage can result in water backing up and seeping under roof shingles, dripping down the siding, and puddling by the foundation. This can lead to basement flooding, pooling water in the yard, and mold growth, which can affect the health of your family. Keep your gutters clean to maintain your home. Roof damage can be very expensive and cause mold growth. Mold in the home causes health problems.

6. Install a Water Filter

Most cities have effective water filtration systems, but that doesn’t mean they remove all contaminants. Water filters help reduce heavy metals and bacteria that can make you sick. Fortunately, you don’t need a high-end, expensive filter to improve your drinking water. Many of the water filters that are sold in retail stores work well for removing contaminants and providing great tasting water. Learn about your home’s water quality before choosing a type of water filter.

These are a few steps you can take to keep your home healthy and safe. Make simple changes to protect your family and your investment.

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