From tripping hazards to old appliances, or sharp objects in the kitchen, it seems that danger lurks everywhere; even when you think you’re safe. June is National Safety Month, a great opportunity to review the safety of your home. In recognition of the occasion, here are some tips on how to keep your home safe.

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Install a carbon monoxide detector.

Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can produce illness and, over time, death. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of gas-fueled appliances. It can be lethal by preventing the brain and vital organs from receiving sufficient oxygen. Installing carbon monoxide detectors ensure that you have an eye on this odorless and colorless silent killer.

Update smoke alarm batteries.

Modern building codes have solved part of the safety issues involving smoke alarms, requiring them to be installed in each room during construction. However, older homes may be lacking the proper quantity of smoke alarms. Ensure that you have a smoke alarm in each room and that the batteries are changed annually.

Upgrade your electric blankets.

Like smoke alarms, modern day safety and quality regulations make electric blankets a soothing comfort to have in your home. Their warm embrace makes any night that much cozier. Ensure that your electric blankets are updated to enjoy the comforts of automatic heat protection and shut off sensors to ensure a comfortable and safe night.

Use non-toxic insect repellants.

Insecticides kill or deter annoying pests, but some can have side effects, too. While most insect repellants are safe, not all are non-toxic. Consider using organic insecticides for comfort and safety.

Keep poisonous chemicals under lock and key.

Speaking of protecting yourself against toxins, ensure that household cleaners and prescription medicines are locked away and inaccessible to children. Household poisonings happen too frequently, and nearly all are preventable.

Minimize allergen exposure.

Keep you and your family breathing healthy air by minimizing allergen exposure. Reduce your exposure to airborne toxins by regularly changing your furnace filter and by using a HEPA air purifier.