House­hold dan­gers

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Old wiring: Con­sider hir­ing an elec­tri­cian to up­date wiring in homes built be­fore 1940. While this may be ex­pen­sive, it could save you thou­sands in the long run. Plants: Be­fore choos­ing both in­door and out­door plants, do your re­search. Some plant species such as Cas­tor Bean are poi­sonous when con­sumed by hu­mans, in­sects and/or pets. Stand­ing wa­ter: A small child can drown in wa­ter with a depth of one inch or more. Of­ten for­got­ten dan­gers in­clude: Out­side buck­ets un­der down­spout, toi­let, sink, mop bucket, di­a­per pail and gar­den or­na­ments. Poi­sonous gases: Radon and car­bon­monox­ide de­tec­tors are in­ex­pen­sive units and make thought­ful birth­day gifts. Radon is a colour­less and odour­less gas that seeps up from the soil through cracks in the foun­da­tion. Radon lev­els are high­est in base­ments and crawl spa­ces be­cause of poor ven­ti­la­tion. Car­bon monox­ide is a colour­less, odor­less gas that can over­come you with­out warn­ing. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, so keep

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