With so many of us spending more time at home than ever before, we’re cooking more, doing more laundry and attempting more DIY projects. While these tasks seem mundane and not usually a cause for concern, they could be hazardous to your home’s health. Below are some tips to keep you and your home safe:
As we spend more time in the kitchen, you may be trying new recipes or asking your kids to help prepare the meals. It’s great to teach little ones life lessons in the kitchen. But make sure everyone stays safe in the process. Is there a working smoke alarm and fire extinguisher near the kitchen? The smoke alarm shouldn’t be in the kitchen or you’ll set off the alarm every time you burn toast or fry bacon. Be sure to test all your home’s smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year, and make sure you have a UL Rated 5-B:C kitchen appropriate fire extinguisher. This means that it will work on grease fires and electrical appliances and will extinguish 5 square feet of a class B or C fire.
To prevent a fire in the first place, be sure to keep flammables, such as paper towels, cloth towels, wooden utensils and loose clothing away from the heat source. Other common causes of kitchen fires are setting the cooking temperature too high, walking away from an open flame or cooking element and even cooking while impaired or when you’re too tired can have serious negative consequences.
While most other activities in our lives have slowed or come to a complete stop, you’ve likely seen an increase in laundry as you try and make sure your towels and bedding are laundered more frequently and your kids spend more time playing in the grass and mud and getting more food stains on clothes. With a never-ending pile of laundry, make sure you take the time to clean your lint filter with every load, or you risk a dryer fire. And if you haven’t changed your washer hose in a while (recommended every 5 years), you may increase your risk for a major water leak that can damage a large portion of your home.
With all the free time you have at home, it’s tempting to take on new projects that have been sitting on the Honey-Do list for months or even years. If you’re a skilled contractor, these projects may be a no brainer. But if you don’t know the difference between a Phillips and a flat head screwdriver, you may not be ready to install a ceiling fan or fix the dishwasher. Common home injuries result from falls from a ladder, skin lacerations from sharp objects, burns, lifting heavy objects or having them fall on you. Take precautions, wear the proper safety gear or better yet, call an expert if you’re not sure how to fix it yourself.
Our pets are very perceptive to changes in their environment with kids at home more and/or anxiety in their owners. In these times, both conditions have changed. Dogs can often act or react in aggressive ways when the are defensive or uncomfortable. This can result in more dog bites, especially with children. Please make sure you are aware when kids are alone with pets and ensure the pet is not stressed by the situation.