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People across the country are clearing the cobwebs from their cleaning materials to spring clean their home and make their property fresh and comfortable for the summer.
Although clean, clutter-free homes are typically safer than less well-kept residences, with clutter linked to slips, trips, falls, fires, pest infestations, mould, and food contamination, cleaning can also prove dangerous. It is estimated that every year, at least 200,000 people go to the UK’s accident and emergency departments after becoming injured when gardening, doing DIY or otherwise maintaining their home, and that around 5,000 people die in home accidents.
Gas appliances need to be properly ventilated; if vents are blocked, these appliances may produce lethal carbon monoxide. To clean vents, turn off the appliance, then suck out dust with a vacuum cleaner and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
You should check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every week. Typically, their batteries last around one year, so make replacing these batteries part of your spring cleaning check-list.
Check extension leads
Look for signs of damage around extension leads, such as black sooty patches and scorch marks, and check the lead itself for fraying or damage. Dispose of any extension leads you think are dangerous.
Avoid connecting extension leads together, as this habit can cause you to overload your sockets. It’s also a good idea to consider where extension leads run and to rearrange your room if these leads pose a tripping hazard.
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247 Home Rescue accepts no liability for any injuries or damages you sustain following the advice on this website. If in doubt, seek professional assistance.