Keeping a Healthy Home

Keeping a Healthy Home


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Enjoying your home goes beyond having a chic color scheme. Home maintenance in Miami is extremely important so that you yourself can be healthy. Different spaces and rooms in your home need particular attention. If you take care of your home, your home takes care of you.

Carbon Monoxide alarms and Smoke alarms

This is mentioned first as not having these installed can mean death. Both should be placed throughout the house but particularly in the kitchen and in bedrooms. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and the batteries should be changed every year.

Children

All medicine and cleaning products should be out of reach and if possible locked away. Medicine in particular can look like candy to very young children.

If you have a swimming pool, use self-closing and self-latching gates and four-sided fencing to prevent small children from unintended access.

Complete a playground safety checklist if you have playground equipment in your yard.

Bedrooms

Changing your sheets regularly and keeping the area clean and tidy are of course very important. Other things you should do include:

Do not smoke or allow anyone else to smoke in the home. Times have changed, and now it is quite rare to find smokers at all as people are quitting and are less likely to start. Cigarette smoke clings to fabric, pets and people. If you must smoke, do so outdoors and make sure no smoke can get into the house.

Everything should be as clean and tidy as possible to prevent people from tripping on objects being left around.

Was your home built before 1978? If so, check for the following things:

Have your home tested for lead paint.

Fix peeling or chipping paint using lead-safe work practices.

Use safe work practices when painting, remodeling, and renovating to prevent spreading lead dust.

Having a Healthy Kitchen

Kitchens are notoriously dirty. For example, the sink area with its dish-washing sponges harbours all sorts of bacteria. To use your kitchen in a safe manner, consider the following things:

Use a range hood fan or other kitchen exhaust fan. Ideally it will vent outside; fans that do not vent outside keep poisons and moisture in the house.

When possible use non-toxic cleaning products.

Use safe cleaning and pest-control products (keep them locked away from children, follow label directions, and dispose of these products safely).

Having a Healthy Bathroom

Mold can be highly toxic. It is also difficult to get rid of once it has taken hold of your home. Clean up moisture and mold safely.

Open windows and doors to get fresh air.

Use a bathroom exhaust fan that is vented outside; a fan that is not vented outside keeps moisture in the house.

Install grab bars on the wall of the bathtub and shower and next to the toilet if anyone in the house has mobility challenges.

The Outdoors

To keep pests away, fix exterior holes, cracks, and leaks, eliminate standing water and food sources, and keep trash covered with a lid.

Maintain gutters, downspouts, and roof to prevent moisture from entering the home.

If you have a septic tank or private well, properly maintain it to prevent illness.

For more information, you can call Property ACES at (305) 985-2237 and get started with the next stage of your life.

 

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