Dryer vents are responsible for 34% of house fires and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million of property loss. I got those stats from FEMA.
So take a minute and go and check your lint trap.
If you notice your laundry room has been getting hot and humid recently, check the vent connection in the back of your dryer and where the vent enters the wall.
Walk around the outside of your house and look for the exit of the dryer vent. Does it have a cage around it? Is that cage filled with lint? Grab a screw driver, remove the vent cover and clean it out. Then go to the hardware store and buy a vent cover without a cage, but make sure it has a damper (flappy thing that keeps wind from blowing in).
by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko
About 2.5 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child-safety devices on the market today. Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It's important to follow installation instructions carefully.
If you want to build a new home, there are things you need to know before you begin. Learn about construction standards and about buying land, so you know your rights.
Outdoor air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Much effort and money continue to be spent cleaning up pollution in the outdoor air. But air pollution can be a problem where you least expect it, in the place you may have thought was safest -- your home. Many ordinary activities, such as cooking, heating, cooling, cleaning and redecorating, can cause the release and spread of indoor pollutants at home.
by Nick Gromicko, Ben Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard
Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that.
Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, InterNACHI energy auditors can perform in-depth testing to find the best energy solutions for your particular home.
The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.