Home Safety Tips for a Secure and Healthy Home

 

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While many of us think of home as a place of comfort and safety, most preventable injuries occur at home. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to mitigate the hazards that may exist under your roof. For example, you can hire a wildlife and pest removal company like Wildlife X Team to keep nuisance pests and animals from damaging your property and spreading disease! Let’s explore some other ways you can secure your home against potential dangers.

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Inspect for Hidden Dangers

First, it’s important to understand the hidden hazards that may be lurking around your home. Older homes are especially prone to these dangers. For example, if your home was built around the 1950s, you may have asbestos, non-grounded outlets, lead paint, and other hazards resulting from outdated construction practices. Even modern-day homes can contain invisible dangers like mold, radon, and carbon monoxide. The best way to tell if your home has any of these dangers is to contact a professional and have your home inspected. The sooner you catch these issues, the better!

Prioritize Pest Prevention

Pests and wildlife can also create dangerous conditions in your home. Problem pests can damage your home’s structural system, roof, drywall, electrical system, and more. Not to mention that wildlife can carry dangerous diseases! 

Take steps to seal off your home from pests and keep wildlife where it belongs—outside. Some simple ways to do this include fixing worn shingles on your roof, securing your attic vents, and trimming the trees around your home. Check around your windows for cracks or broken seals where insects could get in. If you notice issues like wood rot or cracked caulking, hire a window repair expert to fix the problem. You can use websites like Angi to find residential window repair near me.

Take Steps to Deter Intruders

Pests aren’t the only intruders that can pose a danger to your home. Break-ins can occur at any time in any neighborhood, so take steps to keep intruders at bay. Start by landscaping your surrounding yard in a way that deters potential intruders. Safety.com suggests trimming your shrubbery so burglars don’t have anywhere to hide. You could even line your yard with thorny bushes like roses and holly. Lighting can also work as a deterrent against criminals, just be sure to use your lights strategically. Leaving your lights on all day long can signal to potential burglars that you’re out of town. Instead, use timers or ask a neighbor to turn your lights on at night if you’re going to be away.

Keep Clutter Under Control

Cluttered homes tend to pose more dangers to inhabitants than those that are tidy and organized. Clutter can act as a breeding ground for mold and a hiding space for pests. Clutter collects dust and dander, worsening allergies and asthma. If it gets out of hand, it can block air ducts, doorways, and windows, reducing airflow and creating dangerous conditions in the case of a fire. Clutter can also pose a significant tripping hazard! Keeping your stuff organized and off the floor will go a long way towards creating a safe household environment for you and your family. 

Your home should be a place where you feel safe. While some hazards do exist in the home, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk and make your home a secure and healthy place for your family. Whether it means hiring a contractor to update your electrical work or decluttering your home and banishing pests, a little upfront work is well worth it!

Looking for pest control or prevention? Whether you’re dealing with birds, flies, rodents, or raccoons, call Wildlife X Team for wildlife and pest removal! 817-431-3007

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  • If you have raccoons in your attic, garage, or other areas of your home, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 today! Wildlife X Team are experts in raccoon removal and exclusion services.
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