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Pest Control with a Conscience

by Safe Home Team 13. August 2009 08:56

If you have a garden, the last thing you want is for rodents and pests eating away at all your hard work. However, setting traps or spreading poison over the ground can feel inhumane and be dangerous for your family and the Earth. Fortunately, there are humane and eco-friendly way to keep pests from digging through your garden and yard.

Sonic Chasers

Sonic Mole Chaser

Perhaps the least intrusive pest controller is a sonic chaser. It can be placed into the ground, going almost unnoticed. The sonic chaser emits a sound or vibration, undetectable to humans, that annoys burrowers, sending them running for quieter grounds. A great model is the Mole Chaser Mole Control Stake. You stick it right into the ground, and vibrations irritating to rodents pulsate outward, sending gophers and moles for calmer feeding grounds.

Organic Pellets

Rabbit Scram

Not all pellet repellents are harmful or bad for the environment. There are plenty of organic pellets out there. If you’re having particular issues with rabbits, one of the best repellents you can get is the Rabbit Scram Rabbit Repellent. It is safe for the environment, and not harmful to humans or animals that may ingest it. The Rabbit Scram is made from dried blood, garlic, white pepper, cloves, and meat meal. When rabbits, which have a keen sense of smell, get a whiff, they believe danger is near and scram.

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Improve Your Home's Air Quality

by Safe Home Team 12. August 2009 08:37

The world is full of toxins and smog. When you’re home, you want to make sure that you and your family are breathing the cleanest air possible. We have a few suggestions to make sure that your home has the purest air possible.

Purchase a Purifier

If you want to be sure that the air you breathe inside your home is at its cleanest, install an air purifier, such as the Airpura V600. It will reduce allergens in your home, get rid of any funky odors, and significantly reduce outgassing.

If you have small children or elderly people living in your home, consider placing a few purifiers around your home. The Surround Air N-Lite is a great example of one that small and relatively noiseless. It will pick up any added allergens, odors, or formaldehyde still floating around your rooms.

Replace Filters Often

Replace the filters in your air purifiers and furnace at least once a month. Not only will it guarantee better air quality and relieve allergy symptoms, it will reduce the energy output created by your home each month. Plus, it reduces the risk of fire, as particles collected in these filters are extremely flammable. If your unit allows, purchase HEPA filters to greatly reduce the allergens in your home.

Grow House Plants

Perhaps one of the best things you can do for your home is to fill it with plants. Not only do plants make a room more inviting, they act as nature’s air filter. Plants require carbon dioxide, which is what we breathe out, in order to complete photosynthesis. Essentially, they breathe in what we expire. Plus, once a plant has processed the carbon dioxide, it “breathes out” pure oxygen. This leaves your house full of clean and pure air that is healthy for the whole family.

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Radon FAQs

by Safe Home Team 12. August 2009 07:52

 

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, chemically unreactive, radioactive gas that comes from the break down of uranium. It is a single molecule, which allows it to penetrate solids easier than multiple-molecule gases such as air (O2). It is also the heaviest gas on Earth, nine times heavier than air.

Where does it come from?

Typically radon comes from ingenious rock and soil, but is sometimes found in well water. When found in the home or workplace, it comes from the soil, building materials, or groundwater. It is not geographically specific, and is found at high levels in all 50 states. Buildings are the perfect breeding ground for high radon levels, as the difference in pressure between inside a building and its foundation acts as a vacuum, sucking radon directing into the air we breathe.

How does it hurt?

While Radon is can be harmful if ingested, it is through inhalation that it proves to be deadly. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and poses a bigger health risk to Americans than even drunk driving. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of radon. They have higher respiratory and cellular division rates due to their size and the fact that they are growing.

How is radon detected?

Radon is colorless, odorless, and does not show any symptoms until it crops up in respiratory illnesses like lung cancer. Therefore, the only way to detect radon is with an alarm system, such as this one by Safety Siren. Most buildings have a certain amount of radon in the air, but once it reaches the point of danger, at 4pCi/l, the Safety Siren will emit an audible sound to warn you of increased risk.

How do I get rid of radon?

Unfortunately there is not a lot an individual family can do to reduce radon. You will need to hire a contractor that specializes in radon reduction techniques. If you have questions about your contractor, check with your local radon office to make sure he or she meets their requirements.

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