The 5 Biggest Surprise Home Safety HazardsHome safety hazards are more common than one would believe. For instance, there are several things you can do with baby furniture, like donating, selling, or giving it away. That is, provided it’s not on a past or current recall list. If it did appear on a previous recall list or is on one now, there’s a reason, because it does pose a home safety hazard. Another (much more obvious) is an old electrical system and/or overloaded electrical outlets.
Creating a safe environment where your family can grow and thrive is a top priority. Thankfully, though a number of serious safety hazards lurk around the average home, most of these concerns can be addressed pretty easily. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family safe. —Safewise.comThe lack of smoke detectors, presence of mold, and other common home safety hazards are all things we easily recognize. But there are others which are unfortunately just not that obvious. And, it’s actually these which pose the most danger because we are unaware of them. By knowing what these are, you can deal with each one to help keep yourself, family, and guests from harm. Here are the five biggest surprise home safety hazards:
- Old appliances. Dishwashers often make the list simply because they are a one-stop place of sharp objects, glass, and more, presenting a danger to curious, small children. But, just about any major appliance is a safety hazard when it nears the end of its lifespan. All become fire hazards as components age and become frail.
- Old hot tubs. An old hot tub is a drowning hazard for just about anyone, especially for small children. But it too, presents a fire hazard because it mixes electricity with water. Therefore, it’s also a fire hazard, as well as an electrical shock hazard.
- Garage and attic clutter. We think of garage and attic clutter to be a space-wasting nuisance, but it is more than that when it comes to safety. Those boxes you piled up can easily fall over. What’s more, all that clutter is a good place for pests to hide, bringing another health hazard into your home.
- Old kids’ playset. There’s no getting around it — kids’ playsets pose a number of safety issues. Their very use has the potential to cause physical harm. But also, as a kids’ playset ages, it becomes more dangerous and needs to be dismantled and hauled away.
- Old sheds. Just like a cluttered garage or attic, an old shed poses several safety issues, including tripping hazards, and more. As it degrades into dilapidation, it becomes unsafe to enter and like a crawl space or attic, is a haven for pests carrying diseases.