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Power Surges And Other Hidden Home Dangers

power surges from lightening - just one of the hidden dangers in your homeHomes face all types of threats like power surges, carbon monoxide leaks, etc. Some are less obvious than others. Here’s a list of possible dangers hiding in or around your home:

Power Surges

If you’re like most families, you’re constantly plugged in, so make sure your electronics aren’t overloading your outlets. If lightning strikes, power surges can damage appliances, electronics and, in worst cases, spark a house fire. To prevent damage from power surges, we suggest using a surge protector and unplugging appliances and electronics during severe storms.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

There’s a reason why carbon monoxide (CO) is nicknamed the “silent killer.” According to the CDC, this odorless, colorless gas is the leading cause of accidental poisonings for Americans, resulting in about 15,000 emergency department visits and nearly 500 deaths each year. Fuel-burning appliances are often the source of CO leaks, which can create a deadly buildup in the home. Learn more about ventless fireplaces, and why they are such a liability in your home.

It is recommended to install CO alarms on every level of the home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area. Even though alarm lifespans vary by model and manufacturer, we recommend replacing most every five to seven years. If you don’t remember when your CO alarm was installed, it’s a good idea to replace it. Some models feature end-of-life warnings to alert you when a replacement is needed.

Dirty Lint Traps

It’s easy to disregard the lint trap, but lint buildup can cause the dryer to overheat or start a fire. Take time to clean out the lint trap before and after using the dryer. Also, dryer vents should be cleaned every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association; more often, if you notice it’s taking longer to dry your clothes. Cleaning out your vent may help prevent a possible dryer-induced house fire and keep your machine running more efficiently.

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Trip Hazards

If your house is like most, the entryway and stairwell become a landing zone for backpacks, shoes, coats and anything else the kids bring home. While these everyday items seem harmless, the excess clutter could cause serious injuries if someone were to trip and fall. Keep your home safe and clean by investing in storage bins and organizational units – and using them.

Unlocked Windows, Doors

An open garage door or unlocked doors and windows are an open invitation to intruders. Be sure to lock up your house every time you leave. Installing security cameras can help deter intruders, too, and give you peace of mind while you’re out of the house.

Have you encountered any type of hidden home dangers? What do you do throughout the year to keep your family safe? We’d love to hear your story. And remember to call Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. to schedule a checkup of your heating or cooling unit. Call us today at 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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