Busy homeowners sometimes overlook potential hazards in their homes which can have costly if not fatal repercussions. The following tips will not only help avoid potential damage to your home but they will help keep your family safe:
- Appliances: Respond quickly to small leaks around refrigerators with ice makers, dishwashers and washing machines before they become major problems. Install reinforced braided stainless steel hoses for the feed lines to your washing machines and dishwashers. Try to never leave the house when these units are running.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors: It’s a good idea to install a carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home, and in or near each sleeping area. Try to keep the detectors at least 20 feet from fuel burning appliances. Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your carbon monoxide alarms.
- Chimney: Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper annually, especially if you have an active wood burning stove.
- Dryer: Clean clothes dryer exhause duct, damper and space under dryer.
- Electrical: Replace all UL approved extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged.
- Escape Plan: Review your fire escape plan with your family.
- Fire Extinguishers: always have multi-purpose fire extinguishers accessible in your kitchen, basement and garage.