A Safe Home

What is the correct indoor temperature in a home?

The recommended indoor temperature in the living spaces 20-22 degrees Celsius. The temperature in other rooms should be a few degrees lower; in bedrooms 17-19 degrees Celsius, in the bathroom 15-17 degrees Celsius, and 10-12 degrees Celsius in the garage. A low temperature freshens up the air and prevents the growth of bacteria in wet rooms. The surface of the floor should be at least 17 degrees Celsius. High temperatures consume a lot of energy.

Can electrical appliances be dangerous?

Even if faulty, electrical appliances can still seem to function normally. A badly installed and incorrectly used appliance is a safety risk, thus following the instruction manual of appliances is important. Dust inside appliances can cause a fire when the appliance is in use and heats up. A space should be left around appliances, especially around cold appliances, televisions and computers. When purchasing devices, it is preferable to acquire appliances which are self-extinguishing.

Where should a fire alarm be placed?

The best place for a fire alarm is on the ceiling at least half a meter from the wall. There should be one fire alarm for every 60 square meters of the residence. If there are multiple stories in the building, there should be at least one fire alarm per floor. If there are fireplaces in the residence, it is also recommended to get a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odourless and colourless, which makes it difficult to detect without an alarm. It is a life-threatening gas, which is formed when something is being burnt in a space with too little oxygen.

How do I get rid of weeds and pests?

Many of the weeds found in the garden can be eaten. They can be added to, for example salads, soups or stews to add flavour. Environmentally friendly ways of removing weeds are weeding, fallowing and cutting. To get rid of weeds in a large area, weeds can also be smothered. Pests in the garden can be repelled by spraying pine soap on the plants.

The easiest, cheapest and most effective way to repel pests indoors is to keep food in tight containers and the kitchen clean. Different pests require different repellents, thus if pests are found indoors the repellent must be carefully chosen.

A few easy ways to repel common pests have been listed below.

Fruit flies: Create a trap for fruit flies by pouring a mixture of vinegar, sugar and dish soap into a narrow-necked bottle or jar.

Ants: Ants cannot stand aspartame so a trap for them can be created by using light-juices. They also dislike salt. Salt can be poured on their routes, which will slow them down whilst you block their entry holes.

Silverfish: Silverfish can be repelled by using a hot mixture of water and vinegar. Proper vacuuming and using a hot blower are also efficient methods.

Mosquitos and flies: Mosquitos and flies can be repelled by placing a net in the doorways and/or vents of the home.