Four DIY-friendly Wellness Design Projects For Your Home
Are you lazing around in your Christmas pajamas, wondering what to do with your last few days at home before the January crunch? There’s only so much playing you can do with your new toys and still feel good about yourself. Plus, there are holiday calories to burn and the weather outside is frightful.
Here are four easy DIY-friendly home projects you can complete in an afternoon. Each one can enhance the wellness of your household and guests.
Radon isn’t very well known, but it’s all around us and it’s deadly. “Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers,” according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. “Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked,” the agency notes. This gas is colorless and odorless, so you won’t know you have it without a detector. It comes from the soil around and under everyone’s homes, and can get in through your plumbing system and microscopic cracks in your foundation. Newer, more airtight homes are especially at risk, and basement living spaces often show the highest levels. There are mitigation services available that can address radon seeping into your house if your detector alerts you to its presence, so knowledge is power.
Hands-free toilet flushing kit
Germs are often spread through contact with household surfaces and objects, and your shared toilet’s handle is potentially one of them. Think of how many family members and guests use the bathroom closest to your kitchen and play room. A hands-free toilet flushing kit can remove that germy contact point quickly and easily. They are typically battery-operated, so you won’t have to tap into your home’s wiring, but you will need to replace those batteries down the line, depending on how often it gets used. An alternative is a touchless toilet, but that’s a bigger installation project and not necessarily DIY-friendly for everyone.
Plants enhance relaxation and indoor air quality, so adding them to your bathroom can enhance your use and enjoyment of the space. For those who savor long, soothing baths, plant benefits will be especially valuable. Home centers carry a range of wall-mounted plant holders that can be located on unused wall space. Be sure to choose plants that can handle your room’s light level and high moisture levels and coordinate the rack and planters with your room’s decor.
Fire extinguisher mount
If you had a small house fire, how quickly could you locate your home’s fire extinguisher? Wait, what, you don’t have one? “Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives,” shares Cal Fire, California’s statewide firefighting agency in one of its Fire Safety Education advisories. “Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke,” it notes. Tip number one on the advisory’s list: “Ensure accessibility. Make sure the extinguisher is in its proper spot, visible and easy to access.” Mounting it will ensure that it’s easily reachable in a spot known to everyone in the household. You don’t want to have to try to remember where it was last left, or waste time digging it out from under a pile of other items in an emergency, Cal Fire’s recommendation is to place the extinguisher near an exit, so you can escape the room easily if it fills with smoke or the fire grows despite your efforts.