Safety at Home – Your Basement

Homeowner Tips

I think we can all agree – no two basements are alike.  Whether your basement is a livable space or rough around the edges, it’s important to keep in mind that basements require a little extra attention than the main living areas of your home. 


Below are some tips for basement safety. 



Basements are a magnet for moisture and flooding.  Many homes store the water heater, which can leak after so many years of service.  Protect against costly damage with a flood sensor or water bug.  You’ll be alerted when any water is detected.    


Radon Detection Kits

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the soil. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and since it’s odorless and invisible, it’s impossible to detect without equipment to test for radon in the house.  If levels are higher than what’s deemed safe, you can hire a radon remediator.   


Carbon Monoxide

Anything that burns emits carbon monoxide—that includes your furnace and hot water heater. It’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors in your basement, otherwise this odorless, invisible, and poisonous gas accumulates undetected.  EMC Security monitors for carbon monoxide at no additional monthly cost. 


Storage Areas

Basements are a stockpiling station for our excess belongings. If you have shelving for storage, double check weight limits, so your stuff doesn’t come crashing down onto your kids, pets, or yourself.  Proper storage of hazard materials such as paint and aerosols is crucial to prevent fire and poisoning. 


Burglary Prevention and Detection

Basements doors and windows are popular areas for intruders to enter a home.  Ground floor doors and windows (including those in the basement) should be protected with entry sensors that communicate with the alarm system.  If a door or window is opened, the alarm will alert you, and authorities can be dispatched.  EMC Security offers alarm systems for as low as $199, with monthly monitoring from just $16.95 with no contract required. 

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