Home hazards and safety tips

by Melanie May | 3 min read

May 24th, 2021

There's no place like home, especially when your home makes you feel comfortable, safe and secure.

However, hiding in most homes are some serious safety hazards. The good news is that these dangers can be easily eliminated and doing so creates a safer environment, where you and your family can grow and flourish out of harm’s way.

Protecting your home, possessions and loved ones needn't be expensive or complicated. The following safety tips will help you take simple actions to avoid any hazards or damage to your home.

 Home Hazard - Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas which is colourless, odourless and tasteless. Unfortunately, our senses cannot detect it.

This means that toxic levels of CO can build up inside our homes and we have no way to detect the issue until someone becomes ill. 

CO is produced whenever a material burns. The following appliances and devices produce CO:

The symptoms of CO poisoning can include:

As you can see, many of the symptoms are similar to those of the flu. This can cause people to ignore the early signs of CO poisoning.

Safety Tip - Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

To reduce the risk in your home of carbon monoxide poisoning, here are some simple steps you can take:

Home Hazard - Fire

Most people are aware of fire hazards and what is needed to keep your family and possessions safe from harm. However, preventative measures are often put off until it’s too late.

Some common fire hazards in the home include:

Here are some basic fire-prevention recommendations:

Safety Tip - Install Smoke Alarms

Home Hazards - Added Protection

Protect your family and home even further with home insurance. Allianz covers your home for fire and smoke damage. We also cover any charges incurred (up to €2,000) for calling the fire brigade to your property to deal with an incident that is insured under the policy.

Our policy gives you increased contents cover over the Christmas period. 

We also provide insurance for holiday homes, landlords and renters, as well as family owner occupied home insurance.

Allianz can give you a quote in minutes and you can save 20% online on a new policy.

You can also contact us on 01 448 4848 and we’ll get the right home and contents insurance cover for you. 

Having home insurance is great for added peace of mind, but avoiding the heartache in the first place is even better. Insurance claims will help in times of need, but money can't replace sentimental items like photographs and keepsakes. Make sure you are taking the right safety measures to avoid any home hazards.

Allianz p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Standard acceptance criteria and policy conditions apply. Calls may be recorded.

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Melanie May

Journalist @thejournal_ie & @CompleteCar | Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager | Travel Blogger | Food Writer & Judge