Household Hazards

How many unsuspecting hazards are lurking in your home? Take a good look around your home to see how safe it is

Here are some things to look for:

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.

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

Mirrors and Pictures  – Don’t hang 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.

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

Flammable Furnishings  – Do NOT store rags near electrical equipment or flammable liquids. Keep portable heaters well away from furniture and drapery and turn them off when you are not home.

Gas Appliances  – Make sure you secure gas appliances and use flexible connectors to ensure toppling or shifting doesn’t lead to a dangerous gas leak. Call an expert if you are not sure.