To improve the health of your home, it’s important to routinely check each room and fix any issues that may arise.
This checklist will help guide you in what to look for in each room as well as how to improve the health of the room and safety of you and your family.
Attic & Crawl Spaces
Look for: mold, mildew, rodents and pests
Tips: Keep the rooms clean so bugs and rodents have fewer places to nest. Seal any gaps around the windows, doors, roof and exhaust pipes to reduce areas in which rodents and bugs can enter the home. Prevent excessive moisture by having proper ventilation.
Basement, Laundry & Utility Rooms
Look for: Household products that contain toxic chemicals, mold, radon and carbon monoxide.
Tips: Remove any products that may be hazardous to your health. Test for radon gas and carbon monoxide. Repeat the above tips for rodents and pests. Set your water heater to 120°F and have your heating and cooling system checked annually by a professional. Vent the clothes dryer outside the home to prevent mold and mildew as well as possible fires.
Look for: Areas that may cause falls, drowning or poisoning. Watch for mold and mildew.
Tips: Throw out expired medications. Keep the rest in a locked container or out of the reach of children. Install grab bars in showers and bathtubs as well as next to toilets. Use nonslip mats in the tub and showers. Keep cleaning products behind locked doors or out of the reach of children. Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub. Install and use a ventilation fan to remove excess moisture.
Look for: Fire hazards and common allergen areas
Tips: Check all electrical sockets and cords to make sure there is proper free space around them and there are no pinches, kinks or pressure that may cause shorts or overheating. Purchase and maintain safe cribs and beds for children. Vacuum or sweep daily to remove allergens. Use mattress and pillow covers to reduce allergens. Don’t smoke in bed. Wash bedding regularly to reduce allergens.
Garage / Shop
Look for: Toxic chemicals, rodents, pests and anything that may be releasing carbon monoxide.
Tips: Store pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals out of the reach of children and in an area where the temperature stays relatively cool. Eliminate sources of food and water that may attract pests and rodents. Seal around windows, doors and other areas that may allow pests to enter the building. Never run motorized vehicles such as automobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, ATV’s, etc. inside the garage or shop or near windows or doors of the home.
Look for: Fire hazards, standing water, mold, mildew, pests, rodents, toxic chemicals and places that may collect germs
Tips: Keep flammable objects away from the stove. Check electrical sockets and cords to ensure they are not overheating or shorting out. Keep toxic chemicals behind locked doors or out of the reach of children. Always run cold water for several seconds before filling your glass to allow standing water in pipes to flush out.
Properly store and prepare foods. Always use a meat thermometer. Wash hands frequently. Properly clean and disinfect food prep areas during and after meal preparation. Follow above tips for mold, mildew, pests and rodents. Clean appliances regularly to remove built up foods, dust and debris.
Living / Family Rooms
Look for: Areas that may cause falls or injuries as well as common allergen areas.
Tips: Do not smoke in your home. Vacuum daily to remove allergens. Tie or pin up blind cords so kids cannot reach them. If living in an old home, paint over any old paint before it starts to peel or chip. P
ad sharp edges or corners to prevent injury to small kids and the elderly. Replace area rugs that no longer lay flat and may cause falls. Remove broken furniture and replace worn carpet that may be breaking down and releasing harmful chemicals into the air.
Look for: Clutter, poor lighting, missing or broken rails
Tips: Repair broken or missing stair rails. Replace poor lighting with something more appropriate. Keep stairs free of clutter. Use safety gates or install a door to prevent young children from getting hurt. Sweep or vacuum regularly and watch for any torn carpet areas that may cause falls.
Many of the tips above should be used in multiple areas of the home. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of the home, perhaps more than one per floor, depending on the size of the home.
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