Creating a safe haven for your family is the essence of making a home; avoid home accidents by eliminating the most common hazards. Most homes have a myriad of potential safety hazards hiding innocently in plain sight.
Because safety is a vital component when creating a warm and nurturing home environment, check our list of possible dangers. Here are seven of the most common causes of home accidents in no particular order.
- Fire danger
Everything from candles to worn electrical cords can start a home fire but the main cause of home fires is cooking.
- Don’t leave food simmering, boiling, frying or roasting on the range while you’re not there. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a moment, turn off the stove.
- Never leave candles unattended or near flammable materials like drapes or throw pillows.
- Space heaters need space; keep flammable objects at least three feet away from each heater.
- Check electrical cords often, and switch out cracked or broken electrical or extension cords. Don’t try to repair them.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets; unplug small appliances like toasters or coffee makers when not in use.
Have working fire alarms installed that are routinely checked and change batteries every year. Ensure your fire alarm system is fully operational so your family has sufficient warning if there is a fire.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Accidental poisoning due to high levels of carbon monoxide is becoming more common. What makes carbon monoxide so frightening is it’s essentially impossible to identify by sight or smell.
- Don’t ever use the oven or stovetop to heat your home; apart from being a fire hazard, the build-up of carbon monoxide (CO) gas is hazardous and can endanger people and pets.
- Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector that issues an alert if carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels in your home.
- If you have a monitored home security system, the alarm company can also fit carbon monoxide detectors as part of that system.
- Slipping and falling
One of the most common home accidents are falls. We all know how easy it is to slip on a wet floor getting out of the bath or shower. Falling down stairs or tripping over toys happens too often.
- All stairways should have good handrails and suitable lighting.
- With small children in the home, make sure toys aren’t left out where they can cause falls.
- Bathrooms should have non-slip rugs and mats. Install safety rails in the shower and around the bathtub.
- Sharp Things
Sharp objects are dangerous. Ask any career cook. Unfortunately, home accidents are often caused by necessary items with sharp edges.
- Kitchen knives and graters are the sharp items most associated with cuts and gashes. Likewise scissors can also cause a nasty injury.
- Be sure all sharp objects are correctly stored, and even locked up if there are children in the home.
- The danger of sharp objects isn’t just limited to indoors. Rakes, saws, and lawn mowers all present a potential threat and should be cleaned after use and locked away safely.
There’s a rumor most home accidents happen in the bathroom. It’s true because not only do falls occur in the bathroom, it’s also home to many potential dangers. Medicines, chemicals in soaps, makeup, and perfumes all lurk in this one, small room, it’s vital to be careful.
- Medicines and toiletries should be safely stored in cupboards with locks or safety latches.
- To eliminate the danger of falls, install grab bars and other supports to help people get in and out of the shower or tub.
Dishwashers cut after-dinner chores and require half the elbow grease. These useful helpers are not without risks, particularly to small children.
- Place knives and forks point downward in the utensil basket.
- Don’t fill the soap dispenser until starting a load and check for residue after each cycle.
- Be sure the unit is securely latched and can’t be opened by curious fingers, mainly at the end of a cycle when steam burns can occur.
Stoves are an essential component of the home. Avoid home accidents by making sure your stove is tightly secured and unlikely to topple over when opening the oven.
- Use the back burners when possible so children can’t reach the hot stovetop.
- Don’t put treats like cookies or toys on the stovetop, even when it’s not in use.
- Install anti-tip brackets if you have a free-standing range that can fall over.
Your home is your castle where you create a peaceful haven, avoid home accidents and keep you family safe.