When you’re raising a family, it’s natural to want them to be as safe and healthy as possible. And while there are plenty of things you can do in your daily routine to ensure your family’s safety and health, it’s possible that you have a big blind spot: your house. If you’re concerned about hidden health and safety hazards at home, here are a few that you can fix ASAP.

Outdated or Broken Smoke Alarms

In the event of a house fire, it’s important to get everyone out as soon as possible. But if your smoke detection system is outdated, broken, or you haven’t changed the batteries in years, you’re in trouble. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple fix to make! If you’re unsure whether your smoke alarms are working as they’re supposed to, it’s important to test them. To do this, complete the following steps:

  • Alert your family that you’ll be testing the smoke detector.
  • Station a family member at the furthest point away from the smoke detector.
  • Make sure there’s no dust or grime on the smoke detector.
  • Press and hold the “test” button on your smoke detector.

Your smoke alarm may take a few seconds to activate, but it’s important that whoever is stationed at the furthest point away from it is able to hear clearly. Considering that one in five Americans live with hearing loss, it may be a good idea to install additional smoke detectors in different parts of the house to ensure that everyone can hear the alarm from wherever they are in the house.

Cloudy Water

One of the best things you can invest in to keep your family safe and healthy is a water filtration system for your kitchen and bathroom taps. Not only is 80% of water pollution caused by domestic sewage, but there could be hard minerals in your water that need to be filtered out. Since most American families use groundwater for their water supply, it’s important to make sure the water coming into your home is purified and softened accordingly. A water softening system can help remove hard mineral deposits from the water your family is drinking, using to cook, and using to bathe. Not only will this help your family maintain healthier skin and hydration, but you can also get some peace of mind knowing that one simple investment can make all the difference in your family’s health.

Radon Gas

Radon is a radioactive gas that, if inhaled over time, can contribute to the development of cancer. Not only is this gas incredibly dangerous, but it’s also scarily common in U.S. homes. In fact, the EPA estimates that almost one out of every 15 homes in the United States have radon levels at or above the EPA action level. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to test for radon. you also have the luxury of variety with short-term, long-term, and continuous testing options available. If you’re unsure which test is right for your home or whether you need to test at all, it’s a good idea to contact your state or local retail radon testing agency. In fact, you may be able to receive financial assistance in lowering radon levels in your home.

Keeping your family safe and healthy in your home is paramount. Fortunately, these small investments can go a long way in helping to maintain the health and safety of your family members.