Safety – CheckThisHouse Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Basic Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:51 +0000 The cooler months of the year are certainly full of their own distinct charms, but for homeowners they also bring a distinct set of challenges. The precipitation levels increase, cold winds blow, and temperatures drop. Keeping our homes in good working order and ensuring they remain bright and warm doesn’t happen accidentally. Instead, it’s a ... Read more]]> Garage Safety | How to Really Make Your Garage Safer Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:38:04 +0000 Garage Safety While checking the news this morning I stumbled upon this short article listing a few garage safety issues by U.S. Home Safety Council. To explore a little more their garage safety suggestions I followed a link to their website and looked at much longer list. I have to tell you that I’m disappointed after reading it. While working as a home inspector I‘ve evaluated close to 5000 properties and majority of them with car garages. In most cases there were serious, even life threatening garage safety issues involved, and yet, 3 of them have not been included in that list, part [...]]]> Smoke Alarm Maintenance, Cleaning, and Battery Replacement Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:36:01 +0000 Test the smoke alarm once a week by pressing the Test-Reset buttonSmoke alarm maintenance (and smoke detector) is a very simple task and should be performed in addition to weekly testing and yearly battery replacement (some manufacturers might suggest to replace the battery twice a year) - put it on your house maintenance priority list! ]]> 2 Carbon Monoxide Alarm Maintenance | CO Alarm Testing Wed, 08 Sep 2010 22:02:13 +0000 Carbon Monoxide Warning LabelCarbon monoxide alarm maintenance doesn't require any special skills from you. However, just like the smoke alarm maintenance it is something that should become a routine for you. Those few minutes dedicated to CO alarm maintenance and testing might be a difference between life and death.]]> Where do you Place a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your Home? Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:22:42 +0000 Avoid installing plugin type carbon monoxide alarms in areas easily accessible by childrenBefore I explain where to install Carbon Monoxide detector alarm and show you recommended CO detector alarm locations in your home, let me list a few areas where CO detectors are not required. However, if they are required and you have them installed - make sure to put them on a house maintenance priority list.]]> Where is the Best Place to Install a Smoke Alarm Detector & Proper Smoke Alarm Locations Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:19:03 +0000 Proper Smoke Detector LocationsWhere to install a smoke alarm detector and its positioning are as important as having this life saving device installed at all. Remember that placing a smoke detector in a wrong location might delay its response to smoke or even prevent it from sounding an alarm at all.]]> 2 Balcony Railing Safety Code & Proper Balcony Guardrails for Children Safety Fri, 14 Aug 2009 03:20:47 +0000 Kitchen Stove Safety Anti Tip Bracket Thu, 05 Mar 2009 03:48:02 +0000 Kitchen stove - two piece anti-tip bracketSimple devices like the kitchen stove anti tip bracket can save your child and yourself from serious injuries and sometimes even death. Kitchen stove anti tip bracket is a single or two piece device, supplied by the stove manufacturer, that must be installed at the base / behind the stove. It prevents the stove from tipping over or tilting while somebody applies pressure to the open oven door. Since 1991, after “voluntary safety standards” have been developed by UL (Underwriter Laboratories) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute), gas and electric stove installers are required to install provided by the manufacturer stove anti [...]]]> Telescopic Ladders Review – Watch Your Fingers! Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:04:51 +0000 Telescopic Ladders Review – One of the first questions asked during my inspections is: “where did you get this telescopic ladder?”. So, to make my life easier and yours happier, I’ll give you my telescopic ladders review, a few words about that famous piece of equipment … actually two manufacturers and 3 telescopic ladders. Telescopic ... Read more]]> 6 Garbage Disposal Wiring & Kitchen Disposal Safety Sun, 15 Feb 2009 06:34:40 +0000 Loose garbage disposal electrical connectionHave you ever looked at your garbage disposal wiring? If you did, you’re probably not one of the homeowners that own garbage disposal units visible on the pictures. This is just another waiting for an accident type of a situation and garbage disposal wiring should be on a home maintenance routine check-up list. Garbage disposal vibration, especially under some heavy loads … by the way – this is not a garbage can, and don’t use it as such, sometimes causes garbage disposal wiring and plumbing connections to separate. Even properly wired garbage disposal electrical cable might become loose and fall off the connector creating [...]]]> Closet Fires & Closet Light Fixture Fire Hazards Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:14:38 +0000 closet fires and hazardsCloset fire can be easily caused by a closet light fixture Incandescent closet light fixtures can easily cause closet fire and this fire hazard is very often ignored by the home owner. Is your closet light fixture safe? Keep reading so you can verify that it’s not going to cause any closet fire. We rarely pay attention to our closet light fixtures for as long as they work. Stacking cardboard boxes and plastic bags filled with old clothing or Christmas gifts wrapping paper against that exposed, glowing light bulb can easily and pretty fast result in a closet fire. Would you please go and [...]]]> Stair Handrails and Guardrails Safety Issues Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:17:55 +0000 Stair Handrails and Guardrails Safety With stair handrails and guardrails safety, it is the same concept as with many other requirements guiding our daily commute and we often believe these rules are created for others only, until we suddenly realize that there’s nothing to hold on to when gravity’s force pulls our body down the stairs with an increasing speed. That’s why somebody came up with a list of rules for stair handrails and guardrails safety (click on each pictures for details): Stair handrails and guardrails safety #1. The stair handrails must be graspable, and the best shape / size to put your grip on must have a [...]]]> Clothes Dryer Vent | Why is Dryer Vent Cleaning so Important Wed, 29 Oct 2008 03:23:39 +0000 The clothes dryer plastic vent is forbiden, any type of dryer vent should be as short as possibleClothes Dryer Vent Is your clothes dryer vent discharging air from the appliance? Is your dryer vent clean? Does it take long to dry your clothes? Have you checked your clothes dryer vent pipe in the attic or crawlspace? There are still many home owners that fail to comply with current building code requirements concerning their clothes dryer vents. Unfortunately, the home owner could be the suffering one, not the code … US Fire Administration report from January 2007 states: Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually. Eighty percent of clothes dryer fires in structures occur in residential buildings. Annually, 12,700 [...]]]> 1 Carbon Monoxide – Toxic Gas Without Taste, Smell or Color Thu, 21 Aug 2008 01:10:59 +0000 Test the Carbon Monoxide alarm once a week by pressing the Test - Reset buttonCarbon Monoxide Detectors should be replaced every 2-6 years / based on the particular model manufacturer recommendation. Mechanically operating device - warning sound when you push the button, does not mean that its CO sensor is still functional.]]> Laundry Room Hazards, Laundry Chute Hazards & Safety Tips Thu, 14 Aug 2008 04:20:05 +0000 Laundry Chute LocationsLaundry Chute Hazard Maybe because I’m a home inspector, or maybe because I have my own children, I over-react sometimes (mentally – my personal imagination just takes off) in situations where common sense and a little imagination is required. I always prefer taking extra safety precautions; it makes sense for me to go that one extra inch just to be sure that possibility of an accident has been minimized. But apparently many other people don’t. Imagine having a small child, maybe a 2 year old, playing in your second floor bedroom closet … and suddenly the child is gone … This is a [...]]]> 2 Smoke Detector Safety Tips – is Your Life Worth at Least $10.00? Sun, 03 Aug 2008 16:55:23 +0000 Where to install smoke detector - installation too close to the ceilingSmoke detector is a very inexpensive and extremely important type of a life saving device, but one of those we tend to forget about, or sometimes disconnect when they start chirping / calling for a new battery. Smoke detectors began their journey into our lives in 1890 (as a fire alarm)...]]>