5 Things To Do Today That Will Improve Your Home Safety

install carbon monoxide detectorWhile the busy Los Angeles area has its risks, the greater threats to your safety lie within your own home. Taking a few simple steps to enhance your home safety will protect you and your family, and prevent expensive damage.

Install carbon monoxide detectors – All fuel-burning appliances carry a small risk of potentially deadly CO leaks. Because this gas is odorless and colorless, you need detectors to alert you to leaks. Place one on every level of the house and within 10 feet of every sleeping area. Test your detectors every six months.

Reduce scald risks – Set the temperature on your gas or oil water heater to no higher than 120 degrees. Electric water heaters, which present less risk of scalding, can be set to 140 degrees. Install anti-scald devices on your faucets. For optimal home safety, upgrade to faucets with lever handles, which are easier to operate in emergencies.

Inspect for mold – Mold won’t kill you, but it can lead to “sick building syndrome.” Check for mold in the corners of your bathroom and kitchen ceilings, behind furniture, and under carpets. If you find any, it means your home has excess humidity, poor ventilation or both. An HVAC technician can help you solve the problem.

Clean up to prevent fires – Your heating and cooling system has automatic emergency shutoff mechanisms, but they aren’t always fail-safe. A severely clogged HVAC air filter can restrict airflow so much it causes your system to overheat. Replace your air filter on schedule. A clogged A/C drain can let water back up onto the floor and short circuit nearby electrical wiring. Once a month during the cooling season, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain line to discourage algae.

Schedule professional maintenance – Many of the potentially harmful faults that can occur with your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems aren’t things you can detect yourself. During an annual maintenance inspection, a technician will find and correct these issues.

Investing in safety devices and keeping your home comfort systems well maintained assures you greater home safety and peace of mind.