Making Your Home a Healthier Place

Mar 2014

For many of us, the home is where we spend most of our time when we’re not at work, it is the one place where we can truly kick back and relax after a hard day’s grind.

But, although you may know it well and it may be where you spend the majority of your time, it’s important to realise that a neglected home can be bad for your health. Whether you live in a flash new-build apartment, or in an old Victorian house, you should take measures to ensure that your home isn’t conducive to inflicting illness or injury.

So, what can you do to make your home a healthier one? Here is our brief guide:

Keep It Clean

It’s no secret that unkempt surfaces and dirty communal areas are breeding ground for bacteria. Especially if you live in a house-share, it’s important to realise the importance of keeping everywhere clean so that if one person suffers from an illness or infection, it needn’t spread to others through shared items. So always ensure that you clean your house regularly, and that others are pulling their weight when it comes to household chores.

Maintain It

No doubt many of us have been guilty of putting off fixing things at home in the past. It might be a loose floorboard, a blown light bulb, or a dodgy wire on an appliance. But maintenance issues in the home, however small or unimportant you might think they are, can lead to accidents, and injury. So do your best to keep on top of things. Chase up any broken items with your landlord, or if you’re the homeowner, replace or fix damaged fittings at the earliest available opportunity.

Don’t Let the Cold Get In

A cold home is not a healthy one. If the temperature in your home is typically low, then your immune system may not be at its best and fully able to tackle illness. Be smart. Enquire with your local authority or energy supplier about free loft or cavity wall insulation, if you don’t already have it and keep your windows and doors shut during colder days.

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