Home Health Checkup
At Hammer and Mop, we provide a unique service known as the Home Health Checkup. This service, as the name suggests, involves a team of professionals being sent over to your house in order to do a complete audit, or a checkup to gauge each home’s individual safety, and how it can be improved. Each home, after a thorough run-through is completed, will receive a number, or a score, ranging from 0 to 100 that is an indication of how safe the house is, where 0 is the lowest score (Extremely Unsafe and requires immediate attention), and 100 is the highest score (Completely safe by our standards of safety).
These scores are based on five forms of safety that are most essential in order to keep your house healthy, and more importantly, to keep it safe. These forms of safety can best be illustrated via 5 questions. These questions being, on a scale of 1 to 10:
- Is your home safe from faulty wiring?
- How protected are you from an accidental fire?
- How can we make your home safer from burglary
- Are there any potential plumbing problems?
- Is your family safe from infections and allergies?
After your home has been checked, and has been given a health score, we will then inform you of the procedures required to attain a perfect score. At this point, you may choose to make the alterations yourself, or you could purchase the required objects or assistance from us.
The importance of each form of safety/security is as follows:
- Fire Safety: It is the knowledge of mitigating the unwanted effects of potentially destructive and harsh fires. Here we check whether or not a fire safety system has been incorporated, and several other key precautions. Installations of smoke detectors can also play a major part in saving life, as it reduces the chance of death by half. A few common fire hazards may include:
a. Unattended cooking
b. Combustible storage without fire protection
c. Candles and other open flames
d. Smoking habits
e. Flammable liquids and aerosol
f. Leaking batteries
g. Faulty electronic equipment
Over and above this, all households must adhere to codes and policies relating to fire safety, and all members of the house must be well informed of public fire safety education.
- Electrical Safety: Electricity has become such a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices. Home fires are generally occur as a result of failure in electrical equipment, which is why it is that much more important to ensure that all electrical equipment is in a working condition and not faulty. Electrical safety points would include:
a. Regularly check electric cords for damage and have damaged cords repaired immediately, if needed. Worn cords can result in shocks, short circuits, or fires.
b. Pull the plastic part of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket; never pull on the cord.
c. Do not overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once.
d. Do not, under any circumstances operate electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub or sink full of water.
e. Never stick your fingers, toys, or anything for that matter, apart from electric plugs, into electric outlets.
f. Unplug any and all appliance that emit sparks or that malfunctions.
g. Always unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it.
h. Always unplug the toaster or other appliances such as grills and blenders when removing a piece of stuck food.
i. Remember that a turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it is unplugged.
j. Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment require heavy-duty cords that carry a greater current.
- Personal, Structural, and Civil Safety: This involves the structural sturdiness of your home and its interiors. For example, if there are any cracks in walls and ceilings, or if they are broken; this is potentially dangerous as the wall or ceiling could collapse due to wide enough cracks. It also looks at the plumbing structure, and if there are any leakages in and around the walls.It is also necessary to have a first aid kit at home, in the event of a medical crisis. Doctors can always be called, however even doctors and ambulances will always take a small amount of time to arrive at the scene, and those few minutes can be the decider between life and death. As a result of this, all households must have a first aid kit, and its occupants, a basic knowledge of what to do in certain states of emergency.
- Security: Physical security describes measures that are designed to deny unsanctioned and illegal admission to your household, to your equipment and resources, and to protect your property or person from damage, destruction, or harm. Such situations can be caused by thieves or terrorists and can be associated with the lack of electronic control systems, and poor security lay-outs.
- Hygiene: When we talk about safety with respect to hygiene, we don’t just mean personal cleanliness, and how clean the house is. We also want to know if you are being exposed to any harmful or potentially hazardous chemicals, and also if there are any pest problems, such as termites, rodents, cockroaches, and other creepy crawlies that may prove to be a problem.
Each Home Health Check-up is priced at Rs. 500, wherein the customer is to pay the engineer upon visit, by cash/cheque. This is done after formalities are completed and the engineer takes 30-45 minutes to complete the audit.