When moving into your new home, it is normal to feel excited – even elated. In fact, some people are so excited that they do not take the time to look around for common safety issues. This list of five safety issues should be considered before you move into your home. Do you have questions about these tips or how to buy the perfect home? Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021.

1. Hidden Mold

Your home inspector should have looked for mold but there are spots it might be hidden. If you smell an earthy, musty scent in part of your home, then it is likely you have mold. Contrary to popular belief, most mold does not harm most people, but if you have repeated, ongoing exposure, it can be an issue. This can lead to trouble breathing and even anaphylactic shock. If you find mold, take to a mold expert for removal.

2. Asbestos

Up until the middle of the 20th century, asbestos was a normal building material that was often used. Once it was found to be a serious carcinogen, it is no longer legal to use it. That said, older homes often still have traces of it. What many people don’t realize is that it is not dangerous if you leave it alone. The issue is if you need to demo your home or start cutting into the insulation. If you do and there is asbestos, it can become airborne and a serious health risk.

3. Protect Yourself Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Though it is not always talked about, carbon monoxide poisoning kills thousands of people every year. It happens when there a buildup of carbon monoxide in the blood. It can cause tissue damage and eventually death. If your water heater, stove, and gas appliances are properly ventilated, they safely release carbon monoxide. To make sure that is the case, make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed before you move in.

4. Protect Yourself from Fire

Are you surprised to learn that the National Fire Prevention Association reports that seven people in the United States die from a fire on an average day? Most of these fires involve using cooking equipment, candles, and appliances – but the number one cause is dryer lint. Make sure your new appliances are cleaned out and that you have smoke alarms installed throughout your home.

5. Protect Yourself Against Slippery Surfaces

Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in the home, thanks to their surfaces that often get wet and slippery. This can lead to falls that are embarrassing, painful, and potentially deadly. Make sure you have a bath mat in the tub to give you something to grip. You can also install grab bars to be even safer. Take extra steps if necessary in your particular home.

If you would like more tips on how to find the right home and stay safe in it, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021.