Here at BelRed, home safety is one of our top priorities for our customers. We understand that much of the work that goes along with home energy improvements can potentially be dangerous and should be coupled with proper safety precautions. There are also certain improvements that a homeowner can take to improve the general level of safety in the home.

In this series, we’re outlining ways to make your home safe for you and your loved one when it comes to home energy improvements and topics. The tips continue below:

  1. Avoid excessive exposure and contact with insulation. Contact with insulation (specifically fiberglass insulation) can cause red and itchy skin, which can be an annoying problem. Some experts even fear that excessive exposure to fiberglass insulation can cause severe respiratory issues or even cancer. It’s always best to ensure your insulation is properly covered and out of direct lines of exposure for you and your family.
  2. Always keep window safety in mind. Windows are a source of heat containment in the winter and can be a natural way to cool and ventilate the house in the summer months. It’s important to keep in mind some common window safety throughout the house. Always make sure you have properly installed windows with safety features built in – especially if you have children. When opening windows, make sure the windows you choose to open are out of reach for your children and ensure there’s no furniture that places the window “within climbing distance.” Always be sure the windows in your home fall within building code and have proper guards or security bars.
  3. Go over the basics with your kids. It’s one thing for you to know how to keep yourself and your home safe and secure when it comes to home energy, but your kids may be another story. Teaching them basic safety knowledge and skills when it comes to home energy safety is crucial. Tell them what areas of the home to avoid, how to use precaution with heating systems, how to be safe around windows, and many more discussions should be had with you little ones. There is a great site to share called energysafekids.org to help with explanations and education for your children.

As mentioned, the trained, knowledgeable and courteous staff here at BelRed places the safety of its customers first. We can help guide you down the path to a safer, more efficient home. Remember, BelRed home energy assessments include comprehensive safety assessments that will point out and address these issues plus many others. If you’re uncertain about the overall safety of your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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