Everyone would like to think of their home as a safe place, a space where they can feel relaxed and protected. Unfortunately, that may not always be the case. There might be dangers in your house that may put you or your family in a bad situation.  The good news is that there are ways to neutralize these dangers and make your house a safe environment for everyone.

Here are some of the dangers to watch out for:

1. Dangerous chemicals

Not all chemicals are dangerous, in fact, the human body is made up of a mixture of chemicals. Water is also a chemical, but many chemicals  can make people sick or even kill them. While it is easy to say that you will not store any dangerous chemicals in your house, that may be easier said than done.

The truth is homes use a lot of dangerous chemicals in the home. Cleaning materials are dangerous chemicals, so are bug sprays, air freshener sprays , wood shiner products and even your good old fabric freshener.  While  these chemicals may not kill people if used properly, it is not far fetched that if not stored properly, someone may accidentally drink them, especially children.

If you are worried about your kids accidentally drinking a glass of tile cleaning fluid,  there are several things you can do to prevent that from happening.  First, educate them about these dangerous chemicals and make sure they understand these are not for drinking and don’t store them in bottles that previously contained delicious drinks.

Asking a renovation company to install a dedicated room for chemical storage in your home and making sure children can’t get into them is a perfect way to keep those dangerous fluids away from children at home.

2. Gases

Everyone knows about the dangers of inhaling too much carbon dioxide, but not many people know about its more dangerous brother, carbon monoxide, which is produced by many appliances in the home. But the carbon bros are not the only toxic fumes you have to worry about. Here are some of them:

3. Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide

Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are gases released during the combustion process. If you burn something, they are bound to be released. Carbon dioxide is often called smoke and yes, you can see it, smell it and even taste it , hence it is avoidable.  Carbon monoxide on the other hand is tasteless , colorless and odorless, which makes it dangerous since you will think that the air you breathe is clean, when in fact it is full of toxic carbon monoxide gas.

4. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a powerful preservative.  In fact, it is used in preserving animal and human bodies to prevent decomposition. It is also a powerful toxin that will irritate your lungs until you suffocate if inhaled in large amounts.  You may think that such toxic  chemical is not in your home, but it may be. You see, as a preservative, it is also used in pressed wood products like for example, plywood , wall paneling, countertops, particle boards and other construction materials. Newly produced construction materials release this gas slowly taking weeks and even years slowly poisoning you and your family.

5. Radon

A colorless, tasteless and odorless carcinogen that is present in 1 out of 15 homes in the US, Radon is a big problem. It causes nearly  21,00 lung cancer deaths in the US, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It is produced when uranium in the soil and the bedrock decays.  The worst part is you can only detect radon through radon testing kits.  If radon is found in your home, there are radon mitigation systems that you can apply to  successfully remove or lessen radon gases from the home.

Often, the solution to toxic gas problems in your home is simply increasing ventilation. Allowing fresh air to enter in and exit from your house helps reduce the amount of toxins inhaled.  Also making sure that your home appliances are checked for chemical emission will work very well. In the case of formaldehyde, using  vinyl wall coverings  and latex paint on pressed wood products will prevent formaldehyde from being released.

A Brisbane East home renovation company will be able to be able to help you ensure that your home is properly ventilated and your appliances are kept in a safe place.

6. Accident prone areas

There are many reasons accidents happen in homes. It could be the steep stairs, the wet bathroom tile,  the unbalanced shelf or  misplaced toys. Making sure that your home is accident free will give you the assurance that you and your family are safe. Usually, asking an interior designer or a safety expert or a Brisbane East home renovation company to check your home for accident hazards is a good idea.

7. Fire

Check if your home passed the fire safety regulations in your place. If  you’re unsure, you can ask a Brisbane East home renovation company to make your home safer from fires.  Also make sure that electrical appliances  do not have twisted or broken chords.

8. Small items

Small things can bring big trouble. Kids can choke on them, which is dangerous or you can step on them and break your ankle. It is important to have a proper storage place for small toys so small children can’t get to them.  The best way to deal with this problem is by installing a good sturdy cabinet  for toys and other small items.

Be safe!  Your home may be cozy and snug and comfortable, but it may also hide dangers that can put you or your family in danger. With proper renovation and strategies, you can mitigate these risks and enjoy your home life to the fullest.