10 Apr 2016

The Primary Causes Of Mortality At Home

The Primary Causes Of Mortality At Home

Here’s a list of the main causes of death at home in the United States. It’s important to note that all of these hazards are preventable and a professional home inspection is all you need to keep yourself and your family safe.

The main job of a home inspector is to educate and advise clients on the safety conditions in their home as well as prevention strategies for each issue. Now, let’s take a look at some of the hazards:

Radon gas

This is the main cause of death in US homes. It causes more than 21,000 deaths each year and is also the second leading cause for lung cancer and the primary cause for lung cancer in non-smokers.

For more than 20 years now, the EPA has recommended every home be tested for this gas. One in 15 homes have gas levels which put the occupants at significant risk.

It’s critical for home inspectors to inspect, educate and advise clients on this since it will help in preventing tragic, preventable deaths.

Falls

Home inspections need to identify any trip hazards in the interior or exterior of your home. If the home has stairs, they have to be evaluated for conformity with the present standards. All upper level windows need to have safety screens installed in order to prevent accidents.

Poisoning

If your home has children,you should have safety latches on the storage area of any potential poison. Some potential poisons include over the counter or prescription medicines, cleaning supplies, mouthwash, lead paint, alcohol, nail polish remover, perfume, hair spray, automotive supplies, cosmetics, and herbs.

Carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed on every level near the bedrooms too.

Fires

The location of the smoke detectors in a home should be evaluated to ensure it meets the present day safety standards. If the home has an attached garage, door and fire wall systems should be evaluated too. All easily accessible electricals should be up to the mark as well.

Air obstructions

Any window cover cords need to be elevated so as to prevent access to children.

Water

Drowning accounts for more than 800 deaths each year. Water can be quite a significant threat for children. But most people don’t care about this unless they have a swimming pool in their backyard. But the fact remains, even a couple of inches of water could end up drowning a young child. Any amount of standing water is hazardous for children. Even a bathtub can be extremely hazardous in certain situations.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you will now have enough reasons to get your home inspected right away. And remember, this isn’t just something you should do when buying or selling your home. Conduct regular inspections so that you’re always one step ahead of any potential problems.

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