How Safe Are You in Your Home?

How Safe Are You in Your Home?

The following contribution is from another author.

We all know that classic factoid: “most accidents occur in the home.” And yet, despite that, most of us would say that there are few places in the world where we feel safer than in our homes. And, for the most part, that’s pretty fair. After all, your home is the place you go to feel secure and escape from the world outside. However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore any potential risks in your home. With that in mind, here are some things in your home that may well be putting you and your family at risk.

Electrical issues

Of all of the potential accidents that can befall people in their home, the most common, as well as the most dangerous, is any kind of electrical issue. Sure, things like flooding might be more likely but they’re far less dangerous and a house fire carries far more risks but is a lot less likely to happen. Most of the time electrical problems at home stem from old equipment that is becoming more and more run down. Things like an electrical panel upgrade are an incredibly simple way to make sure that you and your family are safe without breaking the bank or having to rip out huge amounts of the wiring in your house. It’s always better to deal with these kinds of problems when they’re only small rather than getting to the point when they’re causing a genuine hazard.    

Security

If there’s one thing that pretty much everyone would really much rather not think about, it’s the risk of some kind of break-in or home invasion. Knowing that someone else was able to enter into your private space is something that can people can end up struggling with for an incredibly long time. That’s why having at least a few security measures in place is such a good idea. Whether you think that you have the need for a full alarm system or you just want to get some more secure locks installed, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to better secure your home.

Your health

Of course, there’s always a chance that the danger is coming from your home itself. Few people ever take the time to think about the fact that their home might actually be making them sick. From damp leading to mold spores floating around the house to a dirty environment inviting in some unwanted pests, if you’re not careful, there are plenty of things in your home that can cause serious problems for yours and your family’s health,

Now, none of this is meant to make you feel paranoid about being at home. The truth is that the chances of any of these things happening to you in your home are pretty slim. But just because something doesn’t have an especially high chance of happening, that doesn’t mean that there’s no chance of it happening at all. Even if they aren’t the kinds of things that you would want to think about, it’s always a good idea to be aware of potential dangers, even, or perhaps especially, in the kinds of places where you would normally feel the safest and most secure.

 

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

2 comments

  • Nice blog Eric, yes there can be many reasons that can lead to home accidents. There’s a better option one can use is like making home automated I mean using home automation appliances that can handle issues like Electric disturbances and can also provide securities.

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