Be Aware of Summertime Home Hazards

Be Aware of Summertime Home Hazards

Summer Home HazardsThe summertime in Florida is an extreme season that brings with it a number of different potential hazards to your home. In addition to environmental hazards, certain activities that are common during the summer may also have the potential to cause damage to your home. As summer approaches, it is important to be aware of these hazards in order to take action to mitigate the risks.

Storms and Wind Damage

Thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornados commonly occur throughout Florida during the summer months. Many summer days are characterized by an intense afternoon storm that does not last throughout the day, but that may come through with strong winds and cause damage. Winds may knock trees over and cause loose debris to collide with the home.

Cleaning up the yard and securing loose items can help to protect the home from damage. Ensuring sturdy construction of the home and surrounding structures can also be helpful. Hiring professionals to assess the stability of the roof, fencing, and other structures may prevent costly wind damage.

Rain and Flooding Dangers

The powerful storms that are common during the summer may bring heavy rains that can flood a yard and home very quickly. This is an even greater risk in areas that are close to the water. Taking action to ensure that water will drain away from the home can prevent damage to the foundation. Filling in low areas in the yard can help to keep the yard from flooding, possibly preventing damage to the lawn and landscaping.

Lightning Dangers

Lightning strikes more often in certain parts of Florida than most other places in the world. Lightning strikes can cause damage to home structures, electrical systems, and belongings. Lightning can also start fires in homes and yards, potentially burning the home, surrounding structures, and belongings. While it is difficult to protect the home from lightning damage, unplugging appliances when storms start can help to mitigate damage to belongings and possibly prevent a fire from starting.

Campfire and Grill Hazards

Grilling outdoors and starting campfires in the backyard are common activities that have the potential to become hazardous. It is important to keep fire extinguishers nearby when grilling or having a backyard campfire. Fires should never be left unattended and the area surrounding the pit or grill should be kept clear of debris and flammable materials. All fires should be completely extinguished after use to protect the home.

If a home suffers damage due to Florida summertime hazards, it is important to take steps to restore the home right away. If your home has been damaged, contact restoration services in your area to protect the home from further damage and to keep home inhabitants safe.

Beware of Housing Hazards and Deadly Materials

Asbestos HazardWhile the home provides a happy refuge from the elements and outside world, it’s important to take into account the oftentimes dangerous materials and hazards used in its construction – mostly after parts of the building have been exposed due to disaster or negligence. These materials can be dangerous to both your health and the environment.

Handling And Identifying

Some hazardous materials may involve federal, state and local laws or regulations. Before handling them in reconstruction, it’s important to know which ones are reusable or which materials should be disposed of in ways that are compliant with your local environment safety laws. It’s serious business. Older homes built before 1978 require certified environmental consultants by law to consider which materials do and don’t follow modern day standards.

Most Common Deadly Materials

The two most common hazardous materials that can be found in your home are asbestos and lead-based paint. Even contractors who work on homes built before this time need to be trained and certified to ensure maximum safety. In a nutshell, reconstruction should be taken extremely cautiously.

Dangers of Lead-Based Paint

Lead is a highly toxic substance that can cause a range of health problems, especially for younger children and babies. It can cause damage to the brain and other organs, specifically the kidneys. In extreme cases, lead poisoning can even cause behavioral problems such as learning disabilities or seizures.

If you have a child in a house built before 1978, it’s important to remember to frequently wash their hands and toys that come in contact with dirt and dust. Keep the area clean and wash down flat surfaces with a paper towel and throw it away on a regular basis.

Deteriorated lead-based paints can chip or melt off and combine with the soil and dust around your home. While this is rarely a problem in a normally standing structure, older devastated homes can quickly become a dangerous place.

Dealing with Asbestos

When materials containing asbestos are damaged, fibers are released into the air that can cause some various lung diseases when inhaled. The longer a home is left damaged, the more potential asbestos has of becoming significant medical hazards.

The scariest threat involving asbestos is Mesathelioma, a lung cancer that is almost specifically related to asbestos and once diagnosed, is almost always fatal. It involves inhaling asbestos for a long period of time. In extreme cases, a person can develop asbestosis, a scarring condition of the lungs that produces shortness of breath.

While it may seem like an outdated concept, don’t be so sure that you’re out of harm’s way. Asbestos can be even found in buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000.

Both these illnesses occur because of long-term, constant exposure and can completely be avoided by doing proper renovations and keeping up with modern day safety measures. Call us if you need help.

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