Home safety is something that’s easy to take for granted, and taking a little time to minimize the hazards around your home will give you peace of mind. The primary dangers in a home surround the electricity and the chemicals you use, both of which can create fires.
- Don’t overload your electrical outlets.
- Never run wires under rugs. Walking over wires causes them to fray, and they can short out, causing a fire. If you can see exposed wires, the cord isn’t safe to use.
- Any appliance that sparks, smokes or smells like burning rubber when it’s running is not safe to operate. Either repair or replace it.
- Keep any flammable materials in tightly closed containers. If your garage gets exceptionally hot in the summer, bring aerosol cans indoors where it’s cooler to avoid explosions.
- Don’t store oily rags in the garage. Some materials create heat as they dry, and the rags can spontaneously combust. Put them in a pail of water and soak for a few days before drying and discarding.
- If you keep swimming pool chemicals in the garage, make sure that the containers are tightly sealed. Pool acid and chlorine are exceptionally hazardous.
- Have your gas furnace serviced annually. The HVAC contractor will thoroughly clean it and inspect the flue.
- If you use any space heaters, avoid using extension cords. If you must, make sure that the cord has the same or a higher amp rating than the heater requires.
- Check your smoke detector batteries at least once a year.
- Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a real home safety hazard that gives no warning. Each home that has an attached garage or that uses gas appliances of any kind should have at least one CO detector. The batteries for CO detectors should be checked monthly and periodically if you use hard-wired detectors in the event of a power outage.
If you’d like to learn more about home safety, contact Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’ve provided HVAC services northern Broward, for eastern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties for more than three decades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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