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One of the primary things in a home designer’s mind should be safety. This is not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because if  people get injured or sick because the house wasn’t designed for safety, it would ruin the designer’s reputation. While you may be aware of the accident magnets inside the house, or the fire and electrical hazards,  and do your best to mitigate them, there are other hidden dangers that you have to know, too.

Radon

Radon is a gas produced in the soil and under the earth when uranium decomposes. Radon is radioactive and is a known cause of lung cancer.  Although you as a designer could not stop the radon from escaping the soil, you can help your clients by making them aware of it. You can also direct them towards agencies that can help them install radon mitigation devices that lower  the amount of gas that the home owners can inhale.

Formaldehyde

The only time formaldehyde should be in the human body is when the body is no longer alive. Formaldehyde is a pretty powerful preservative. It prevents decomposition of organic materials.  Unfortunately, it is also used in pressed -wood construction materials  such as plywood , wall paneling, particle boards and countertops.  Once used in the house, the plywood slowly releases formaldehyde into the interior air and straight to the lungs of  the home owners. The good news is that it is pretty easy to solve this problem. All you have to do is tell the client or the construction/renovation company to use vinyl wall coverings  and latex paint on pressed wood materials.

Carbon monoxide

Perhaps the most dangerous  gas l inside the house is carbon monoxide produced when you burn or heat up something. We are talking about boilers, appliances, stoves and others. If  the  garage is connected to the house and the fumes get into the living room, then the family is at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  The best way to avoid carbon monoxide is separating the garage or not having an entryway from the garage to the house. Boilers and appliances should follow modern emission standards.

Making the windows bigger also helps reduce the amount of carbon monoxide inside the house by letting a lot of fresh air in.

Carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is also dangerous, but not as toxic as carbon monoxide. Also, carbon dioxide has a smell and can be seen, unlike carbon monoxide, which is tasteless, odorless and colorless.  Carbon dioxide is usually in the form of smoke. Like carbon monoxide, the problem can be solved with good ventilation.

Big windows promote proper ventilation as seen in this 3D interior rendering of an apartment.

Things that can explode

Gasoline, gun powder, guns, and appliances that use battery can explode.  All of these can cause fire. It is important to dedicate places for these dangerous items so they are not going to cause harm to the family. As a designer, you can do that by convincing your clients to place all explosive chemicals in a separate shed from the house. Guns should have their own storage places beyond the reach of children. And when it comes to battery-run appliances and gadgets, you can use safety cords and outlets that cut off electricity when batteries are full.

Designing a home for someone is more than just a job, it is a responsibility. You have the power to ensure that the house you design will keep the people who will live there safe. You can also use 3D rendering services to demonstrate to your clients the safety features of a home.

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