Each year, more than 18,000 Americans die from home-related accidents and injuries alone. 2,300 of these unintentional household injuries occur in children under age 15. This makes the home –which is supposed to be a safe haven for all– one of the top locations for such fatalities.
The most common home injuries and accidents are brought about by falls, poisonings, suffocation, unsafe storage of medications, improperly stored tools, inadequate banisters, and the like. To prevent such things, you must upgrade your home’s safety factor. Here are tips on how:
Get rid of all clutter.
A cluttered home attracts accidents such as trips, slips, and falls. To prevent bumping or tripping into things, make sure to clear your home from all sorts of clutter. Clear pathways and hallways for safe passage.
Instead of leaving items on the floor or out in the open, put them in storage bins, rooms, or closets.
Practice safe storage.
Always store household cleaning products, power tools, medications, sharp objects, trash bags, etc. in their respective cabinets. Store them safely. Additionally, make sure these items are out of your children’s reach.
Other items you must keep away are choking hazards like buttons, ropes and strings, and coins.
Secure drawers, etc.
91% of tip-over fatalities occur inside the home. To prevent this in yours, anchor and secure appliances and top-heavy furniture in place or to the wall by using anti-tip devices such as straps, brackets, and braces.
Also, check whether your furniture are assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Install baby gates.
If you have little ones or if you’re living with pets, it’s recommended to install baby gates or door stops to keep them out of possible trouble. More than that, these safety gates can also prevent slammed fingers.
With mobility, your children can access different areas of your home –and the dangers that lurk in them. To protect them, install safety gates in the fireplace, kitchen, stairs, bedrooms, living room and bathrooms.
Always check appliances.
A home appliance that isn’t functioning well can put your household in danger through house fires. To ensure your appliances are safe for use, subject your home appliances to regular checkups and maintenance.
For safety, make sure your appliances are running smoothly and are free from broken cords, etc.
Use anti-slip strips.
Decrease and prevent slip accidents in all areas of your home by adding anti-slip strips under your rugs and mats, on your staircases, in the shower, and in the bathtub. Make your porch a no-slip area as well.
For concrete, apply a good paint mixed with some playground quality sand to make it non-slip.
Have sufficient lighting.
Always ensure sufficient lighting in all areas of your home. Install night lights in areas such as the hallway, bathroom, etc. as well to prevent trips and falls when you need to pee or poo in the middle of the night.
Keeping your home well-lit even when you’re away is also recommended to repel burglars. This way, burglars will think that someone’s at home and the lights will discourage them from breaking into your home.
Keep a first aid kit.
A lot can happen at home, especially in the kitchen. With the many sharp objects, glassware, and cleaners around, it’s a must to keep a first aid kit available in the kitchen. But, keep the kit out of your child’s reach.
Items to include in a first aid kit are bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile gloves, and a lot more.
You better be safe than sorry. Do something extra to prevent home accidents and injuries before they happen. Practice the above tips and upgrade your home’s safety feature to ensure a safe haven for you and your loved ones.