Does your home have a septic tank? Does your neighbor’s? Renters and homeowners should be aware of the variety of reasons that septic tanks are dangerous to children and adults.
One danger of septic tanks is their accessibility from the ground. Wells run to septic tanks. Although they should be closed tightly, if they are not, children can fall into tanks and become stuck. Make it your responsibility to know where your septic tank access is located and keep it covered and locked. Place something decorative like a statue on top of it to make it easy to find.
Maintaining your septic tank is also potentially dangerous. Septic tanks trap various noxious odors and gases, making even the opening hazardous. People can pass out and fall into the tank itself and die. Maintaining a tank takes specialized gear and training. Never work near a septic tank alone. Your property insurance might cover damage to septic tanks and other sewage problems. Septic tanks are highly flammable. Do not use open flames or smoke while near a septic tank.
Old septic tanks are a huge hazard. They may be structurally unsound. Even in areas far from openings they may pose a danger to children by causing sinkholes or cave-ins. Seepage from old tanks is also a major problem. Many of the by-products of septic waste are toxic if inhaled or ingested. They can also foul water lines and poison drinking water. Septic backups into living spaces expose families to bacteria and viral infection.
SHORTCUTS TO HOME SAFETY ARTICLES:
- General Infant Safety
- Tips For A Safe Nursery
- Dangers Posed By Cords to Infants and Children
- Kitchen Safety For Children / Kitchen Utensil and Gadget Safety
- Tips For Keeping Children Safe From Household Cleaners
- Children’s Bathroom Safety
- Home Safety After The Flood
- Home Safety and Hidden Dangers In The Kitchen
- Home Safety and Hurricanes
- Home Safety and Infestation
- Home Safety and Older Homes
- Home Safety and Outdoor Areas
- Home Safety and Pools
- Home Safety and Running A Business From Your Home
- Home Safety and Septic Tanks
- Home Safety and The Elderly
- Home Safety and Wildfires
- Home Safety and Working With Contractors
- Umbrella Insurance
- Other Concerns In The Home