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Tips on Having Comfort and Security at Home

Our homes and offices are where we spend most of our time; and so, we need to make sure they are clean, beautiful and hazard free.

Cleanliness of our homes is vital in maintaining good health. Dust and particles that we take indoor, leads to poor air quality, which eventually cause ill health. We cannot completely eliminate dust - as it is everywhere, but we can take the necessary steps to diminish the amount that is contained indoor. By cleaning our homes lightly on a daily basis, or at least every other day, depending on our lifestyle, we minimize the amount of unhealthy residues we inhale; especially at nights.

A thorough cleaning at least once per month, in closets, under beds, behind furniture, etc., is a positive step towards maintaining good air quality indoors. In cleaning your home, be careful not to combine cleaning products, especially those containing ammonia and chlorine bleach. Use each separately, as together they give off chloramine - a toxic gas which can cause serious internal injury, when inhaled. Be sure to read the labels on your cleaning products before use.

A cheerful atmosphere promotes contentment and optimism, both favorable to good health. Furnishing your home with colorful furniture is the perfect way to make your home beautiful. Whatever colors you choose, providing they are well coordinated, you will achieve a favorable result. Adding vases of freshly cut flowers or pots of flowering plants throughout your home, will not only add fragrance, but will enhance the décor making your home more pleasant looking, which will indeed bring a sense of comfort and cheer to you. Also, getting your most memorable photos out of the albums or drawers, and displaying them in wall or desktop photo frames, in various areas of your home, will definitely bring you joy; and may even keep you focused and motivated. Each time you pass by them, you will be renewed and optimized. You could also have them developed, so as to get a better view, as you pass by them throughout your day.

Not much can be done in most offices, as you may not be in full control of the space, but keeping potted plants such as philodendrons, or spider plants, will definitely add décor, and also better the air quality of your office environment.

With planning, the home can be a safe and comfortable environment. Nearly all accidents that occur in and around the home can be prevented, by following basic safety rules. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, and can be one of the most dangerous. Climbing and reaching cause many accidents in the kitchen, so use a ladder or a stepstool, instead of a chair or table, when reaching for stuff on shelves or in cupboards. Make sure the kitchen range is well maintained, and is working properly. Check stove and oven knobs to make sure they are turned off; especially at nights, just before going to bed. Stoves left on without flames for even a short period of time can be deadly. It makes the home and you more vulnerable to carbon monoxide and fire. Bleaches, scouring powders, and disinfectants should be kept in high cupboards. Never store them next to fruit drink bottles, in which case even an adult could mistakenly drink them. Keep the Kitchen well ventilated when cooking. Also, keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible place; and be sure mature family members know how to use it.

Safety Tips For The Elderly In The Home

Use night lights especially in the area between bedroom and bathroom.

Make sure starewells and bathrooms are always well lit.

Install handrails on both sides of all stairways, and near your tub and toilet.

Install safety threads in your bathtub, including appliques.

Use liquid soaps like a body wash to avoid slipping on a soap bar.

Do not wax linoleum floors; use waxless cleansers.

Get rid of all loose carpets and frizzled rugs.

Keep a sturdy step stool handy for reaching high places.

Do not leave shoes lying around on the floor.

Place a non-skid mat near the kitchen sink to avoid slippery spills.

Always make sure the kitchen table and chairs are well balanced.

Place all electrical cords against wall or behind furniture.

Make sure there is ample walk-through space, and the pathways are not blocked with furniture.

Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries where you can easily reach them, should the power go out.

Use electrical appliances such as hair dryers and electrical shavers away from the sink, tub, or any water source. You can be electrocuted if you attempt to retrieve your fallen appliance from the water. Also, use kitchen appliances away from the sink and other water source, when in use.

Last but not least, if young children frequent your house, make sure they put all toys away after use.

Falls are one of the worst accidents in the bathroom. To prevent them, use a rubber mat or adhesive-backed plastic strips called appliques, in the bath or shower stall. Use a medicine cabinet with a lock so that aspirin and other drugs can be kept away from youngsters, and whenever you take medications, be sure to carefully read the labels so as to be certain of the instructions. Dry your hands thoroughly before using a hair dryer, and other electrical appliances, or turning off light switches. Water is a conductor of electricity, and you could be electrocuted by touching anything electrical, while your hands are wet. All fireplaces must be protected by a firescreen that covers the entire opening. A small child can be poisoned by eating one cigarette, so keep cigarettes way out of children's reach. Turn television off when not in use, as some televisions get very hot and are potential fire hazards.

Tips On Preventing A Fire

Have your chimney checked and cleaned regularly to avoid chimney fires.

Keep portable heaters away from combustible materials like drapes, couches and stocks of papers.

Store gasoline and other flammable liquids in tight metal containers, preferably away from the house and never near heating equipment or pilot lights. Also, do not smoke or use open flame when using flammable materials.

If you smoke, be sure to use a big enough ashtray.

Empty ashtrays into a container of water; not a waste basket.

Before going to bed each night, check for smoke related fire hazards, especially if you have been entertaining guests who smoke. ook under cushions, couches, and chairs for smoldering cigarette butts. Some furnitur fabrics produce toxic gases when burning, increasing the danger of death by asphyxiation or lack of oxygen.

Place lighted christmas trees away from any fireplace, wood burning furnace, portable heater, radiator, and other heat source. Be sure not to decorate your christmas trees with boughs or other flammable materials.

How To Stop A Fire Before it Spreads

Fire extinguishers are labeled A, B and C depending on which kind of fire they are designed to consume.

Extinguishers with a green A on the label are appropriate for paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and some plastics.

Extinguishers with a red B on the label are appropriate for flammable liquids (oils, gasoline, kitchen grease, paints, solvents) the worst kind of fire that usually breaks out in the kitchen, basement, workshop, or garage.

Extinguishers with a blue C on the label are appropriate for electrical fires (motors, power tools, appliances, wiring, fuse boxes).

You can also purchase a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher labeled A-B-C to put out most type of fires. I am in favor of the multi-purpose extinguisher because in an emergency, I may not have time to choose the correct one. To be safe and effective, a fire extinguisher must be easy to get to quickly and must be operated by someone who knows how to use it. So make sure your extinguisher(s) are visible and accessible. Read the directions way in advance, and learn how to operate an extinguisher before an emergency arise. Your local fire department will be happy to give you specific details about your extinguisher, such as the best place to keep it, and how to properly mount it. When used correctly, fire extinguishers can keep small fires from becoming big ones. If a fire breaks out and is quickly spreading, do not waste precious time trying to call the fire department from your burning house. Instead, alert everyone who live in the house about the fire, and then call for emergency help from a neighbors house.

Installing properly working smoke detectors in your home, is an important step in preventing injury in the case of a fire. These smoke detectors sound an alarm at the first sign of smoke, so you should have ample time to get out. It is very important to plan an escape route from each room, and hold a home fire drill periodically. Another "must have installed" necessity, is the carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, very poisonous gas, which forms when carbon burns with an insufficient supply of air. It is a part of the exhaust gases of automobile engines, and so leaving your car engine running, in an enclosed area, for a long period of time, will fill the air with carbon monoxide, and poison anyone who is in that area, and in close proximity. In other words, if you leave your car running in your enclosed garage overnight, or for a long period while you are home, your whole family could be poisoned. There are other things that can let off carbon monoxide in the air, such as your stove. Leaving your stove on, without flame, in an enclosed kitchen, for a long period of time, will fill the air with this poisonous gas, and since it is odorless, it will be inhaled without any warning, and poison anyone in your home. Installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and checking them periodically to make sure they are working, will help to prevent loss of life or illness; but taking the steps necessary to avoid this need, such as making sure cars, and stoves are turned off (by checking and double checking ) is even more important, as this is the surest way of keeping carbon monoxide in check.

Using humidifiers in your livingroom, bedroom, and family room, will add moisture to your environment and to your skin. Also, stocking your home with plants that "exhale" moisture into the air is a great way to improve indoor air quality. Plants such as ferns, bamboo, coleus, and spathyphyllum - to name a few, will do just that. Place vases of freshly cut flowers throughout your home during the spring and early summer. Choose flowers or plants with vivid, long-lasting perfumes for hallways and entry ways. A potted hyacinth or a small bouquet of freesia, for example, will perfume a large area. During the fall and winter, when fresh flowers aren't readily available, opt for bowls of fragrant fruits, such as ripe apples, mangoes, peaches, and pears.

However you choose to beautify your home is personal and individual, but keeping your home clean and hazard free, is universal, if you are to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and enjoy longevity.

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