Fire is the number one household danger. Serious accidents and total household destructions have occurred due to misunderstanding, miscalculations, and mis-use of this powerful force of nature. Your best defense is good old common sense.
Carbon Monoxide Danger in the Home
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America. In concentrated form, CO can be fatal when inhaled -- killing in minutes or hours, depending on the level of CO in the air. In smaller doses, CO produces a wide range of flu-like symptoms.
Guarding Against Natural Disasters
Natural emergencies can befall the average home and typical family without warning -- anywhere in America. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, mud slides, blizzards, tidal waves, lightning can come out of nowhere and cause substantial damage to the home.
Gas Line Safety Tips
If not properly installed, monitored, and maintained, natural gas is without question the most potentially dangerous item in your home. Gas can cause instant flash fires and devastating explosions that can result from negligence and carelessness.
Maintaining Burglar Alarms
A number of whole-house alarm systems are also available today, and -- just as with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors -- these too need occasional testing, checking, and tuning up.
Automatic Garage Door Openers
An automatic garage door opener requires periodic maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operation. In fact, because the garage door is often the heaviest and largest single piece of moving equipment around a home, frequent testing and maintenance are especially important.
You should leave most electrical work to a qualified electrician. It's time to call the electrician when you see any of the following: habitually flickering lights, a breaker that repeatedly pops, a fuse that repeatedly burns out. Any of these can signal a loose connection or a circuit that is overloaded.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) was developed to help save people from getting shocked. The easiest way to think of a GFCI is to remember that a normal circuit breaker protects property, while a GFCI protects people. It looks like other outlets, except that it has a Test and a Reset button.