4 Safety Tips For New Homeowners
Four Safety Tips For New Homeowners
There are so many exciting things that come with buying your first home- painting, purchasing new furniture, decorating, possible renovations, etc. Buyers tend to get so wrapped up in the cosmetic changes to their new home that they forget to make safety one of the top priorities. Check out this list for some of our top safety tips and features you should incorporate into your new home:
Install Smoke Alarms
Having a smoke alarm in your house is a no-brainer! Have you ever wondered how many should you have in your home? The National Fire Protection Association advises that smoke alarms should be placed in every single bedroom and on each floor of the house. While basements are very rare in Louisiana, if you have one, make sure your basement also has a smoke alarm. This will allow a fire to be detected as early as possible- that is, if all smoke alarms are in proper working condition. Battery operated smoke detectors should be replaced with new batteries every six months to ensure that they are always in order. These days, you can also purchase hard-wired, smart smoke detectors like the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector that do not require pesky battery changes and can send you alerts right to your phone when there is a fire or carbon monoxide leak, even alerting you which room or floor it is on. Technology is so cool! And, as always, practice general fire safety in your home by remembering to blow out candles, being smart while cooking and cleaning the lint trap in the dryer after each load.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on every floor of a house and inside or just outside of each bedroom. However, unlike smoke alarms which are typically placed on the ceiling, the best place to put carbon monoxide detectors is 5 feet from the ground in order to get the best reading of the air quality in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms can be purchased separately, but for convenience, it may be best to purchase two-in-one smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. To prevent carbon monoxide leaks in your home, make sure that your water heater and any other gas/oil/coal burning appliances are inspected and serviced by a professional every year.
Use Proper Ventilation to Prevent Mold
Mold, it isn’t something you want hanging around your house long-term. To prevent the creation and build-up of mold in your house, make sure that you turn the fan on in the bathroom after showering, use dehumidifiers in enclosed rooms and ensure that all windows and plumbing are sealed properly. If you find mold in your home, don’t panic- call a professional who will remediate the mold and fix the moisture source that created it. Mold is not good, but it also isn’t uncommon here in Louisiana, and there are professionals who can and will help you! Don’t be afraid to ask.
Check for Asbestos Before Remodeling Older Homes
Before you start knocking down walls in your new house to create that open concept floor plan you’ve always wanted, make sure to have your home inspected by a certified asbestos inspector if your home was built before 1980. Due to the somewhat “destructive” nature of asbestos inspections, where samples are drilled or scraped from various parts of the house, they are not included in a general pre-purchase home inspection without the consent of the seller. Asbestos exposure can cause many illnesses, so before starting your home renovations, it is crucial to have your home inspected for materials that contain this toxic mineral so that they can be professionally removed.
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