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A Healthier, Safer Home for the New Year

Author: ServiceMaster Restore

As you step into a new year, prioritize the health and safety of your home. By implementing these practical tips and insights from restoration experts, you can create a space that not only looks appealing but also fosters a healthier and safer lifestyle for you and your loved ones. Remember, small changes can lead to significant improvements, turning your home into a haven of well-being and peace. Creating a healthier home environment is essential for your well-being. To help you get started, here are some tips:

Check Smoke Detectors:

  • Test smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed.
  • Ensure there is a smoke detector on every floor of your home.

Inspect Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

  • Check carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries as required.
  • Make sure there is a detector near sleeping areas.

Fire Escape Plan:

  • Review and practice a fire escape plan with all family members.
  • Ensure everyone knows where emergency exits are located.

Inspect Electrical Outlets:

  • Check for any signs of damage or wear on electrical cords and outlets.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and power strips.

Secure Heavy Furniture:

  • Anchor heavy furniture to the wall to prevent tipping, especially in homes with young children.

Home Security System Check:

  • If you have a security system, test it and update passcodes.
  • Ensure surveillance cameras are working correctly.

Secure Windows and Doors:

  • Inspect locks on windows and doors; replace or repair any damaged ones.
  • Consider installing window and door alarms for added security.

Regular Maintenance:

  • Schedule regular maintenance for appliances, HVAC systems, and other home equipment.

Keep it Clean:

  • Regularly clean and dust your home to reduce allergens and improve air quality.
  • Address water damage promptly to prevent mold growth.
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs frequently, and wash bedding and curtains.

Good Ventilation:

  • Ensure proper ventilation by opening windows regularly to let fresh air in.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to reduce moisture and prevent mold.

Control Humidity:

  • Maintain optimal humidity levels (around 30–50%) to prevent mold growth.
  • Use dehumidifiers if needed, especially in damp areas.

Filtered Air:

  • Use air purifiers to remove airborne particles and allergens.
  • Regularly clean and replace HVAC filters to reduce dust and allergens.

Emergency Kit:

  • Create or update an emergency kit with essentials like first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food.

Review Insurance Policies:

  • Review and update home insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage.

Remember, a safe home is an ongoing commitment. Regular checks and preventive measures contribute to a secure living space for you and your family. Implementing these simple yet effective strategies will not only contribute to a healthier living space but also protect your home from the potentially harmful effects of mold. Stay vigilant, address issues promptly, and enjoy a healthier, safer home this year.

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