As a parent or the adult head of a household, you are going to be tasked with protecting your family. One of the ways that you can do this is to make sure that your home is maintained properly. Any negligence in a few different areas can mean the safety of your family is at risk.
Make sure that you maintain the roof of your head, the safety of your driveway, the cleanliness of wet areas in your home, and the electrical integrity of all of your high-amp appliances. At least doing those four things, you should be able to take some of the risks out of a poorly maintained household.
The Roof Over Your Head
Even though you may think of the roof over your head as more of a psychological term, the fact is, you need to make sure the actual roof over your head is well-maintained! Structural issues, trouble with gutters, leaks, holes where animals can get through – all of these things are potential safety risks to your family. Not only that, but you can waste a lot of energy if the heating and cooling elements of your home are going out through a leaky roof as well.
The Safety of the Driveway
If you have a driveway, you have to make sure that it is in good order. If there is any trip hazard in your driveway, or if there are sharp stones that are present, or if there are parts of your yard that are overgrowing the edges – all of these things can cause injury to people and potentially even damage to cars. It’s not hard to make sure that your driveway is maintained, but it does take a little bit of occasional effort and observance.
The Wet Areas Clean
Certain people have various sensitivities to different kinds of mold. That’s why you should always make sure the wet areas in your home get cleaned regularly. Especially in hidden places around showers, sinks, or bathtubs, mold can grow and cause severe respiratory reactions over time. If there are any areas of your home that you clean more than others, they should be the areas that regularly get damp.
Your High-Amp Appliances Protected
Chances are pretty good that you have a few appliances or pieces of equipment at your home that require high amperage from your electrical grid. These can be microwaves, space heaters, hairdryers, or washing machines and dryers. Make sure that all of these are running on a separate surge protector rather than being plugged directly into an outlet if it’s not designed for a high amp draw. If your circuit breaker gets overloaded, it should pop, but if it doesn’t, that’s an easy way to start an electrical fire.