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Home and Fire Safety Buying Guide: Garage, Utility Room or Basement

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  • Test your basement for the presence of radon, an invisible, odourless, tasteless gas that is believed to cause cancer.

  • This radioactive gas occurs naturally as a byproduct of the breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water. It is most concentrated in the lowest level of the home, such as the basement. Radon also can seep into the home through cracks in the foundation or walls, openings or spaces around sump pumps and drains, or construction joints or flaws.

  • Radon test kits include instructions on how to collect a sample of your home's air and have it analyzed.

  • Put tags on shut-off valves/switches for water, gas and electricity. They should be easy to find in an emergency.

  • Use step-stools and utility ladders to reach items on high shelves. Do not stand on a chair... Shop Our Step Ladders.

  • Make sure utility shelving is sturdy and well-organized...Shop Our Utility Shelving.

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