Maintaining Safety In The Home

Thursday 27th Sep 2018

Home is usually the place where we feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, it is also the place where accidents can happen. Your home is vulnerable to many types of accidents and injuries, including falls, burns, poisoning and choking. They can happen to anyone at any time, and it is important to take steps in maintaining safety in the home to prevent this. This article offers some useful tips in how to do so.


Inspecting your Home For potential hazards.

It is important for you to actively inspect each room for potential hazards. Frequent checking, and having a plan of action in case of an emergency is the best way to prevent accidents from happening.


Safeguard your Kitchen.

Kitchens are great for preparing and enjoying meals, but they do contain quite a few hazards too. Hot ovens, electrical appliances, sharp utensils and stove tops are some of the common dangers found in modern kitchens.


To stay safe in the kitchen;

  • Turn the handles of pots and pans inwards to avoid knocking them over.
  • Use a potholder to handle pots and pans.
  • Keep wet hands away from electrical outlets.


Precaution in the Bathroom

Bathrooms are one of the most frequently used rooms in our homes, so it is not surprising that many accidents occur there. Falling on slippery surfaces is a regular example of this. Injuries from personal care items such as razors, and poisoning from various medications are also more likely to happen in bathrooms. Some bathroom accidents can be pinpointed to inadequate lighting, so make sure it is up to the job. 

  • Maintain appropriate water temperature. Contact with hot water can cause bad burns, as well as offer issues. 
  • A dry bathroom floor can prevent unnecessary falls. 
  • If you own a ‘wet room’ style bathroom, the installation of grab bars also helps to prevent falls. These are also very useful when getting into and out of the bathtub or shower. 
  • Try to wear non-slip footwear in the bathroom. 
  • Accidents in the Garage and Utility room.
  • These are the rooms where you store items, clean clothes and work on hobbies and projects. They also contain tools and chemicals that can harm you, so be careful.
  • Make sure that your tumble dryer has sufficient air circulation. These work by circulating hot air around and through the damp fabrics. If the air is not able to circulate efficiently, the dryer can get hotter and hotter and eventually even catch fire.
  • Check your dryer's lint trap on a regular basis. This is normally located near the front door of the dryer. Clean at regular intervals, this lint can, in certain, situations actually catch fire too. 


Following these simple tips will make your home a safer place.

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