Create a Healthier Home With DIY Home-Improvement Fixes

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: RemodelRenovating

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You might not be aware that your home may pose some hidden risks for you and your family. But you don’t need a fat budget to give your home a safer and healthier boost. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping your family safe.

Hazards may be lurking in your home, and for $100 or less, you can make the home improvement precautions needed to protect your family from household dangers.

Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the nationally syndicated show “Today’s Homeowner,” recommended these budget-friendly DIY projects for a safer and healthier home:

Mount smoke detectors

There should be a smoke detector on each floor and in or near every bedroom in the home. Installing them is as simple as mounting them 4 inches from the wall on the ceiling. Smoke rises, so opt to place the detector at the highest point of the ceiling if you have an angled ceiling.

Install a water filter

If you’re concerned about lead, VOCs, microbial cysts and pharmaceuticals in your tap water, or even if you just don’t like the taste or smell of it, install a DIY water filtration system. Filtrete Brand makes a full line of them, such as the High Performance Drinking Water System that comes with a dedicated faucet and will provide your family with cleaner, better tasting water.

Secure heavy furniture and appliances

Children are susceptible to bookshelves, televisions or other furniture falling over and causing harm. Use furniture brackets or straps to secure dressers, the stove audio equipment and more to the wall to ensure passersby are safe from falling and tipping items.

Install carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide — an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas — is a result of improperly vented or defective home systems such as heaters, furnaces and fireplaces. Carbon monoxide does not rise to the ceiling like smoke, so the alarms can be mounted anywhere, such as plugged into wall outlets or affixed to walls and powered by batteries.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.