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Watch Out for These Hidden Household Hazards

Posted in Around The Home, Around The House, Home How To, Home Maintenance, Home safety, Homeowner Tips, Real Estate Tips by southorangecounty on November 18, 2013

Watch Out for These Hidden Household Hazards


Are hidden hazards lurking in your home? Do a safety check to ensure your home is a safe one:

Surface Scum – Keep food preparation surfaces clean and disinfected. Beware of hidden germs on sponges and other porous surfaces. Disinfect sponges on a regular basis by running them through the dishwasher.

Toxic Mold – Check for signs of moisture and mold growth in bathrooms, on basement walls, and around windows and doors.

Unstable Furniture – Ensure all top-heavy furniture pieces and appliances are securely fastened using anchors or brackets, asthese items can easily tip over.

Pest Problems – Watch for evidence of disease-carrying pests, like rats or mice, who may have ventured inside looking for food or a cozy place to sleep. Prevent them from coming inside whenever possible.

Mirrors and Pictures – Avoid hanging mirrors and heavy pictures over couches, exits and beds.

Electrical Hazards – Check for faulty wiring or overloaded circuits. Never place extension cords or wires under rugs, behind soft furnishings or within reach of children or pets.

Funky Foods – Practice safe food handling techniques to avoid becoming sick from a food-borne illness.

Potential Poisons – Keep prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and natural remedies (even vitamins) out of the reach of children.

Flammable Furnishings – Never store rags near electrical equipment or flammable liquids, and keep portable heaters well away from furniture and drapery.

Tripping Trouble – Watch out for potential tripping hazards inside and outside the home.

Recalled Products – Review consumer product recall lists on a regular basis, especially if you have young children.

Gas Appliances – Always secure gas appliances and use flexible connectors to ensure toppling or shifting doesn’t lead to a dangerous gas leak.


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