You want your house to be comfortable and inviting since your family spends most of their time there. Take these important steps to maintain a safe and healthy home.

Smoke Detectors are Essential for a Safe and Healthy Home

On average, over 300,000 house fires occur every year. Smoke detectors sound an alarm that gives you and your family extra time to escape a burning building. Each bedroom in the home should have a smoke detector. Devices should also be installed in the hallway outside the bedrooms, and in the basement, laundry room, and kitchen. Place at least one smoke detector on each level of your home. Test them monthly and replace the batteries twice every year.

Test for Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that may be present in your home. It is a known carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. Hire a professional to test your home for radon gas. If high levels are found, you’ll need to install a radon mitigation system to help reduce the amount of gas that is accumulating in the home.

Keep the Stairway Clear to Maintain a Safe and Healthy Home

Don’t let your stairway become a storage area. Because stairs separate two levels of the home, it’s easy for them to become cluttered with items that need to be moved from one floor to another. Make a rule to keep the stairway clear and free of hazards. Teach children not to play on the stairs. Test all handrails to make sure they are secure, and if the stairs aren’t carpeted, install non-slip grip tape to each step for better traction.

Filter the Water in Your Home

Make sure your home’s drinking water is safe. Request a water quality report from your local utility company to learn about any contaminants in your water so you can determine what type of filter is needed. Different water filters will remove different types of pollutants. Shop around to find one that is best for your family and your needs.

Texas Homesite Inspections offers home inspection services, including radon testing, to Houston and the surrounding areas. Contact us to request an appointment.