Solving Your Biggest Home Safety Issues

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Did you know there could be unknown safety issues in your home? Your home’s age, wear and tear, and overlooking safety devices could put you at risk! 

Does your home have any of the following home safety issues?

Insufficient Smoke Detectors
Every year more than 3,400 Americans die and over 17,000 are injured in fires. Ensure your home is protected by installing smoke detectors on each level of your home near sleeping areas. Replace batteries annually at a minimum, testing monthly for reliability. Also check for expired smoke detectors, which are not reliable. Replacement is recommended every 8 to 10 years. If yours are so old no date is visible, new detectors are well past due. 

No Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the country. Why? CO is completely colorless and odorless, and naturally produced as a by-product of the operation of all combustion appliances and heat sources. Installing CO detectors in your home is an important home safety measure in protecting you and your family. Install at least one detector near the sleeping area of your home, adding more in each level of your home and one to each bedroom for extra protection. Replace old detectors every 5-6 years.

Electrical Panel Issues 

Older panels are insufficient for the amount of gadgets and appliances in use in the average home today and can be easily overloaded. Improper wiring from “DIY-ers”, oversized or undersized breakers, and panels deemed defective and unsafe for use (some installed as recently as the 1980s) could result in fire or shock. Update your panel to a newer designed option to prevent home safety issues.

No Backup Generator
While some may not view this as a home safety issue, backup generators protect your home and family from short and long-term unexpected power outages due to weather, or accidents. They keep necessary appliances in operation, ensuring the safety and comfort of your family in the event of a snowstorm, heat wave, and more. Additionally, they protect the contents of your refrigerator and keep your kitchen up and running. Consider purchasing a standby model, which starts automatically and has the capability to power your entire home, or less expensive portable generators for powering a few select appliances.

Don’t let home safety issues result in property damage or present a danger to your family. Find and address home safety hazards quickly and efficiently with an electrical home inspection.

Chapple Electric can provide a detailed, prioritized checklist of all areas of your home requiring immediate attention, areas for improvement, and potential upgrade possibilities to ensure the safety of your home. Ensure peace of mind by proactively addressing home safety issues. Contact Chapple Electric today.



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