The following are the most common safety issues found on a home inspection. These are not the only safety issues just some that come up a lot in my day to day work. Checking for these and correcting them ahead of time can help you stay safe and potentially sell your place faster and with less headaches.
Missing GFI - Ground fault interrupters on receptacles. This is the outlet with the mini-button trip switch built right into the unit. They are a life saver and should be installed where they are required.
Missing or improper TPR - Temperature-pressure relief valve on water heaters. This a valve usually on the top or the side of a water heater that needs proper piping installed so if the water heater discharged pressure that discharge goes in the proper safe direction.
Missing or open Breaker Slot in a electric panel. If a slot in an electric panel is open it needs to have a proper cover on it. An open slot is very dangerous and needs to be corrected.
Windows that do not open in a bedroom. This is an egress limitation, meaning if there is a fire or other danger and you can't get of of the room through the door the windows needs to open.
Open wiring - Wiring needs to be more than just capped off. Any live wiring that is spliced with caps need to be in a proper closed junction box. This counts for attics, cabinets and garages as well as everywhere else.
Doors exiting to the exterior of the home with interior key'd locks. If you need a key to open a door from the inside of a house to get to the outside of the house this is another egress limitation. If there was a danger and you needed to get out of that door and didn't have the key it's a problem.
Damaged or missing cover plates on plug or light switch receptacles. Without the cover plate or a damaged cover plate fingers can go in where live wires are and that is a major safety hazard. Yes the plates are very cheap to replace but when they aren't the risk is high.
Missing, old or non-operational Smoke/CO detectors. These need to be in every home and tested regularly for operation.
These are just some of the typical safety issues that get called out on a regular basis on home inspections. Fixing them ahead of time can increase safety and help you avoid issues when trying to sell your home. Home Inspector Windermere
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