When was the last time you thought about the safety of your house? Are any of your family members experiencing health symptoms that may be caused by their living environment? A safe and healthy home is critical for your family’s well-being. Improve these 5 conditions in your home to keep your household safe.

A Safe and Healthy Home Has Secure Deck Railings

An aging deck is a safety hazard for everyone in your home, especially kids and pets. A visitor could lean on the deck railing expecting it to be secure and fall and get injured if it is loose. Inspect all railings around the house, on decks, stairways, porches, and balconies. Any railings, balusters, and spindles that can be moved back and forth should be replaced.

Clean Drinking Water

Tap water is rarely free of contaminants. Whether your water comes from a well or the municipality, there could be chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceutical remnants, radon, lead, volatile organic compounds, or bacteria in it.

First, have your home’s drinking water tested. Once you have the results, choose a home water filter accordingly. Different water filters remove different types of contaminants, so it is important to choose the correct type for your specific household.

Reduce Allergens for a Safe and Healthy Home

Allergens like dust, pet hair, dander, mold, and pollen can trigger respiratory symptoms. Make your home healthier by reducing allergens. Diligent cleaning is the key to an allergen-free home. Use a HEPA vacuum on floors and set up HEPA air purifiers. Change HVAC filters as often as the manufacturer instructs. Launder bedding and curtains often. Prevent mold by keeping moisture levels low in the home.

Fire Protection

A house fire is one of the most destructive things that can happen to your property. Nearly 4000 people die in house fires every year in the United States, and the majority of those homes do not have working smoke alarms. Test smoke alarms monthly to confirm that they are operational and will alert your family in case of a fire.

Boost Home Security

One aspect of home safety that is often overlooked is home security. People assume that their homes are protected from intruders just because they have locks on the doors. Further home security measures should be taken to fully safeguard your home. Set up a home security system or smart cameras so that your home is monitored at all times. Install exterior motion-sensor lights to illuminate your home at night.

Reliable Real Estate Inspections, LLC offers home inspection services to Hilton Head and the surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule your home inspection appointment.