Our homes are often our safe haven. We feel safe whenever we are under those familiar roofs and walls. Unfortunately, thousands of unintentional injuries often happen at home.
Although we try to keep our space as safe as possible, accidents can still happen. That’s why we have to work more carefully and double-check our homes, especially when we have kids. It’s also not just for our family but for guests who visit us.
The last thing we want is for someone to get injured at our property. In worst-case scenarios, you can get sued, or you’ll have to pay for their medical bills.
To help decrease the chances of any injuries and accidents, we have several tips you can follow.
Slipping is one of the most common accidents that happen in our home. In most cases, it’ll only make you feel sore for a few minutes to a day. However, slipping can also cause more serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, and bruises.
To avoid slipping, make sure you clean after any spills–especially grease and oil, which can be very slippery. Always put mats around areas that are prone to getting wet, such as the area around your kitchen sink and your bathroom.
You might also want to install grab bars inside your bathroom, especially if you have elderly people living with you.
Of course, have sturdy handrails on the stairs and never let your kids play near the stairs.
Avoid Tumbles and Falls
Just like with slipping, tumbling and falling are also rather common and can result in bad injuries and even emergencies.
That said, you might want to repair or remove anything that you can stumble on. Don’t forget to inspect your garage and sidewalk too. The areas that rise from the ground could be tumbling hazards, especially in the dark when you can’t see them. You’ll need to get your concrete pathway repaired immediately if it is not levelled as these can be extremely dangerous to anyone walking along your property.
Additionally, your kids’ toys should not be scattered haphazardly as you might step and stumble on them. Double-check for tiny toys and parts. These can be painful to step on and cause you to lose your footing and fall.
Hide Chemicals to Avoid Poisoning
Anything that can be poisonous or harmful should be hidden away in areas your children can’t reach.
We typically store all cleaning agents and solvents under the sink. However, your children can easily get into it and play with them. Worse, they might . But, be careful when storing them and never put them near anything flammable.
So, besides hiding them away, make sure you teach your kids about poisonous and harmful chemicals around your home and why they should avoid them at all costs.
You might also want to store medications properly.
Check Electrical Wirings
You’ll also want to have a professional check your electrical wirings now and then. Ensure there aren’t any live wires that your kids might accidentally trip on or hold onto. Most of all, be sure that any and all wirings are hidden away.
There are a lot more safety tips that you can learn and apply around your home. However, the most important thing is you should always stay vigilant and alert in case something happens.