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7 signs that your apartment is unsafe

An unusual smell, dry nose or eyes, frequent allergies – all these can be signs of danger that need to be found and eliminated.

1. Unexpected allergies

If you have never suffered from allergies, but have recently been suffering from rashes or irritation, this is a reason to check your apartment. Start with bedding, as this is where the most dust and small debris accumulates. Particles of epithelium and cosmetics settle on pillows and blankets – this is fertile ground for the proliferation of harmful microorganisms and mites. They bite humans and cause allergies and asthma, so you need to get rid of them. As a preventive measure, change your bed linen regularly.

Also, check the cleaning products you use. Replace especially aggressive ones with more gentle ones so that allergy attacks go away.

2. Unpleasant smell

A strange smell in your home could mean you have mold infestation. It is not so easy to detect: at first, it hides in the gaps between the walls and the decoration. Getting rid of the fungus is not easy, as it spreads quickly and is very reluctant to leave the affected areas. First of all, you need to reduce air humidity – mold grows slower in dry conditions.

In addition to mold, the smell can mean the appearance of cockroaches and other insects – their waste products release toxic substances and spoil the air. If you have such suspicions, treat the premises against parasites. 

Another source of strange odors is faulty ventilation. Often carbon deposits and soot get stuck in the pipes, and sometimes a bird or small animal may accidentally fall into the chimney. If gas is installed in the apartment, clogged ventilation is life-threatening.

3. The mucous membrane dries out

If you regularly experience a dry nose, eyes, or throat at home, check the humidity level. If it is too low, ventilation alone will not help – sometimes the air from the street is no less dry than at home. Buy an air humidifier, hang a damp towel on the radiator, or reduce the heating intensity. Also, replenish your moisture levels from the inside by drinking more water, showering more often, and using skin moisturizers.

4. Frequent household injuries

Sharp corners, inconvenient layouts, and too much furniture in the apartment are indirect causes of accidental household injuries. To avoid them, choose products with round shapes and arrange objects in the interior according to ergonomic rules. 

5. Gas smell when using the stove

Have you noticed that there is a slight smell of gas when cooking? Contact the gas service to have specialists check the condition of the wiring and the equipment itself. A gas leak is dangerous because it can not be noticed in time and you can get seriously poisoned – for example, in your sleep. In addition, the risk of an emergency in a residential building increases. Therefore, it is important to regularly monitor the condition of the gas system and pay attention to even the slightest odor. 

6. There are no leak detectors in the apartment

The leak is not always noticeable. For example, old risers may allow a small amount of water to pass through, which will not bother you, but will cause inconvenience to the neighbors below. If a crack or hole is hidden from view, it cannot be traced. In addition to water, you may miss a gas leak or not notice that something is burning while you are in the back room. To protect yourself and others, install special sensors. They will work long before a real emergency occurs in the house, blocking the source of the problem or giving you a signal.

7. You can look into the windows from the street

This is a standard situation when the first floor of a residential building is low. If passers-by can easily look into your window, safety is at risk. Take care of additional protection: install bars, shutters, or special locks that protect the window from opening from the outside. 


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