Ideally, your home should be a place where you and your children can relax, safe and sound in the knowledge that you’re protected against all possible threats. But in reality, the home is still a dangerous place, and without taking the proper measures, you could be putting your family at risk.
The latest data from SafeKidsWorldwide.com, an organization whose mission is to reduce childhood injuries, suggests that children spend upwards of about 90 percent of their time in the home. As a result, the home environment, not the great outdoors, is the biggest source of risk.
Here are some of the health and safety issues in your home and the steps you need to take to mitigate them.
Test For Radon
If the idea that your home is radioactive seems a little far-fetched, then you’re in for a surprise. According to data from Parents.com, more than 1 in 15 homes is exposed to unnaturally high levels of radioactive decay from the element radon.
The reasons for this are simple. Radon gas is usually released when uranium in the soil breaks down. Although there is very little actual uranium found naturally in the ground, when it breaks down it releases radon gas, a highly potent and cancer-causing substance which can induce disease, even when exposure is minimal.
The good news is that buying a test kit and testing for radon is relatively straightforward. Just pick up a test kit from your local home improvement store and leave it in your living room overnight. The next morning you’ll get a measure of the quantity of radon per liter of air. Any reading below 4 picoliters per liter of air is considered safe. Anything above that is potentially hazardous.
Use Remote Monitoring
Thanks to the confluence of cloud technology and miniaturized devices, home security monitoring is becoming increasingly popular. Today, there are millions of people who pass over the security of their home to third parties, and there are even review sites like homesecuritysystem.co which collect data on which are the best-performing systems.
There’s a reason why these systems are so popular: they work. Home security monitoring helps keep parents informed about what's going on on their property with a variety of different types of sensors. These include cameras, motion detectors, and live video feeds.
Monitor Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a horrible gas. In small doses, it makes you feel tired and muggy all the time. In higher concentrations, it can kill. As such, it’s essential to prevent any of this gas escaping into your home and entering the lungs of your children. Carbon monoxide can be produced by anything which needs to burn fuel to do its job, such as a gas heater or stove. Check these devices regularly to make sure that they’re not emitting this toxic gas with carbon monoxide monitors.
Be Careful When Renovating
Homes painted before 1978 probably have lead paint on the walls. You want to make sure it stays there and doesn’t get converted into dust particles which you and your family subsequently breathe in. In these situations, it’s best to hire a contractor with the tools to safely remove leaded material from your home.
Be sure to check out these areas in your home.