Home hazards: When ignorance is not bliss

By Lynn McEachern
May 06, 2016

As enjoyable as owning your own home can be, a private residence needs a lot of care and maintenance. While there are some things you can let slide (painting a room a new colour or waiting another week to mow the lawn), it’s important to stay aware of potential home hazards. Here’s a list of some warning signs to look out for.

The not-so-great outdoors

Uneven sidewalks

Cracks in the driveway? Drooping, dried-out limbs on that big tree in the backyard? Those are small things that can become big problems down the line. Uneven sidewalks and driveways can be tripping hazards, and those dead tree branches can cause a lot of damage if they fall on your roof or windows. Speaking of roofs, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect your roof and gutters for damage and debris.

Fire away


Candles and cigarettes are fire hazards. Not only are they potentially dangerous, but the residue left behind by their smoke can discolour walls and furniture. While you've got fire safety in mind, don’t forget to keep your smoke alarms in good working order, and change the batteries every six months.

Water woes


High humidity, leaks, flooding…Water can be a major enemy of any home. Get any leaks attended to as promptly as possible, and consider a dehumidifier to help prevent growth of mould.

Pest control


No, not your neighbour trying to borrow your lawnmower again. We’re talking about termites, raccoons, rodents, etc. If you suspect any of these visitors, you may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg. It’s best to call in a professional before it gets out of hand.

Frightening lightning


Mother Nature’s light show can, at best, short out your circuits and, at worst, cause a house fire. A whole-house surge protector can help absorb the shock and prevent damage.

Pricey drafts

Warped door

Fixing warped windows and doors, or plugging cracks can save you from larger-than-necessary heating bills.

Pipes, power and renovations


Because of building codes and safety regulations you may not be aware of, or certified to handle, it’s best to call in a pro when dealing with plumbing and electrical issues. As for renovations, a professional eye can help prevent huge mistakes.

These are just a few helpful tips for avoiding home hazards. Remember, when in doubt, call a pro!

Photos by: Webner House, Maclaren Electrical Services, Mogil Organization, Comox Fire Rescue, The National Severe Storms Laboratory, Carsten Volkwein - Wikimedia Commons, King & Queen Apartments, Ugly House Photos

About Lynn McEachern

Lynn a une formation d'adjointe administrative et une passion pour l'écriture te la photo. Elle vit à Moncton, au Nouveau-Brunswick avec son mari et leurs deux chats. Cette fière résidente des Maritimes est heureuse, elle aime la vie et, bien sûr, raffole du homard!

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