A recent NBC News article confirmed that the most popular resolutions for the new year include getting healthier, better organized and learning new hobbies. But what about your home? It is, after all, where you and your family spend most of your time, and is most likely your largest investment.
In this issue, we’ll share tips for making your home safer and identifying potential trouble spots.
Keep the indoor air safe.
Statistics tell us that, on average, about 90% of our time is spent indoors. That statement alone should explain the correlation between your home’s air quality and your respiratory health. The good news is that it’s extraordinarily easy to attain and maintain a healthy air quality.
Change the filters of your HVAC and furnace regularly.
Use fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to get rid of smoke and humidity.
Install a few plants throughout your home, not only for beauty but for also purifying the air. Good suggestions include aloe plants, English ivy, and bamboo palms.
If you don’t have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – get some.
Tragically, reports of death from smoke and carbon monoxide are all too common. Once they’re installed, commit to testing them at least once per month. Disturbingly, many homeowners and renters hardly ever test their alarms, which is absurd because most can be tested with the touch of a button.
Test your fire extinguisher.
If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher, now’s the time to get one. Most in your hardware stores will be labeled as “A:B:C”; this typically means that they’ll work for just about any type of fire.
To make sure yours is in good working order, look for signs of corrosion, leakage or a clogged nozzle.
Check your home water system.
A stunning report from the National Association of Water Companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed that on any given day, more than 650 water main breaks occur in the U.S.
To make sure you’re not among those experiencing a water main break, find out how old your pipes are. The average age of the pipes in need of repair is 47 years, so if your pipes are older than that, they need to be replaced.
FOR HOME FIRE AND WATER RESTORATION IN SAN DIEGO, CALL J&M KEYSTONE.
We hope 2018 is your best year yet – and also the safest. If, however, your home is damaged by fire or water, remember that the professionals here at J&M Keystone in San Diego are the ones to call to get your house like home again.
We’re available 24/7, so call us at 800-368-2757.
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