39 Home Repairs You Need to Make Before Someone Gets Hurt
How many of these home repairs have you put off to next week… and the next week… and the next week? Find out why that’s downright dangerous.
Loose stair rails
If you’ve got a loose handrail for your stairs, it’s best to fix it right away. More than one million Americans hurt themselves by falling down stairs annually, according to a study by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. It comes with an estimated $92 billion in direct and indirect costs. Here’s how you can prevent stair falls by fixing loose handrails.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning death. One place it comes from within your home is a gas range, so install and use an exhaust vent whenever you use the range. Find out these crucial steps you need to take to keep your home safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
An AC unit can be a major blessing on a hot summer day, but if it’s leaking, you’re in trouble! According to Heathline, a leaking AC unit can cause refrigerant poisoning, which can lead to heart palpitations, seizures and cut off oxygen to your lungs and cells which can ultimately result in death. If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, you should purchase a Freon leak repair kit that contains the hose, valve, and sealant and follow the directions carefully.
Your range hood
According to Brett Singer, PhD, “Literally, millions to many millions of people are routinely being exposed to air pollutants at levels that we don’t allow outdoors.” He told the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would say we don’t have a carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide problem in this country…We absolutely do have that problem. It’s just happening indoors.” The key is to design stove range hoods that are far more effective since most ones in use today are generally inefficient at capturing the pollutants and transporting them outside. Find out the items in your home that are literally poisoning your air.
The chances of your home having lead paint are high if your home was built before 1978. If old paint is chipping or cracking, the toxicity can be inhaled or ingested, especially during renovations. According to the Mayo Clinic, lead exposure can result in developmental delays, abdominal pain, neurological changes, and irritability. At high levels, it can be fatal. Here’s our guide to removing lead paint safely.
Invisible mold spores are everywhere, although they need moisture to turn into the real deal. When full-fledged mold occurs, it can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Some molds even produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, which have been linked to nausea, immune system suppression, liver damage, central nervous system damage, and cancer. Here’s how to remove mold.
Furnaces can both be a fire hazard as well as a source of gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. Stay on the safe side by getting your furnace serviced at least once a year. Take a look at these easy DIY furnace repairs.
Older model blind cords
Research has found that about one child a month dies after becoming entangled in cords from blinds and shades. While headway has been made to get corded blinds off the market, if they’re in your home, be sure to remove them ASAP, especially on floor-to-ceiling windows with long cords. They pose a major danger. To make sure your home is safe for little ones, find out how to baby-proof your home in 9 easy steps.
Loose ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to cool off without taking up floor space, but a loose ceiling fan dropping on your head is less than ideal! If the fan’s ceiling mount is loose or weak, the fan could end up on the floor.
Damaged electrical outlets
Exposed electrical outlets can put you and your family at a major risk for getting electrocuted. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission accounts for nearly 200 people dying from home electrocutions per year. Prevent accidents by calling a licensed electrician to fix or repair damaged electrical outlets and wiring. Find out the potentially deadly myths about electricity that need to be cleared up.