Safety Hazards around the Home You Could Easily Avoid



We consider our homes our sanctuaries where we are sheltered from the chaos of the outside world. Unfortunately, even our homes can hide potential safety hazards which can impair our health and even lead to death. However, with some care and attention, you can take care of these in no time.
It's important that your home is safe for you and your family, as well as your neighbors. Your responsibility is to make sure that everything is in order and to perform regular maintenance and examinations. Hazards differ in type and severity, as well as the frequency of appearance among the population.
Therefore, here are the most common safety hazards you can easily avoid around your home.

1.      Tripping and falling

Tripping and falling are so common that people don’t pay too much attention to them, when they happen on the floor and without severe injuries, of course. Nevertheless, there are many hidden dangers in your home which may lead to serious falls with tragic outcomes.
To ensure there is a minimal chance of this to happen, check your stairs regularly and make sure that everything is in order. Even the slightest instability of handrails can later lead to injuries, so call a repairman to fix that immediately. Carpets and rugs are often the reason you trip, so use special stickers, tapes, and nets to secure them to floors.
In the bathroom, water can create slippery floors so use the rugs specially designed to avoid this. Also, place a rubber mat in the tub and shower so you wouldn't slip. Rails are perfect for elderly family members, but also for everyone else. If you can change the floor tiles for the anti-slip ones which will save you a lot of trouble.


2.      Dangerous objects

Objects which can cause choking, cut you or cause any other injuries should be removed from the home or at least put in the safe place. This is especially important if you have children since they are the most vulnerable to this safety hazard. Additionally, some of their toys can cause injury to you and other house members if not out in their place after the play is over.
Make sure that knives are in the drawer or their holder, and secure the table edges with special foam if they’re too sharp. Yard and garden are also the places where tools can lie around and hurt someone, so put everything in the tool shed after you’re done.

3.      Fire hazards

Even a lit candle can present a fire hazard, so don't be alarmed when you read all the other potential safety risks in your home. Start by checking the appliances and if they work properly. Check the cables for holes, breaks or any damage, and unplug appliances you don't use. Also, keep them away from water source and stoves.
When it comes to power switches, check from time to time if they emit heat. If they do, turn them off and call an electrician immediately. If you leave this unattended, it can cause the fire to installations inside the wall.
In addition, don't repair any malfunction by yourself if you're not qualified to do so since that is a direct hazard to your health and any mistake is a safety risk. One of the ways to be extra careful is to install a fire alarm in your home and perform regular maintenance of your appliances.


4.      Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is the gas which is becoming an alarming cause of injuries at home and even death. It’s produced when wood, gas, and oil burn, but also some appliances can be the causes. These are water heaters, boilers, wood stoves, BBQs, motor vehicles and others.
Use detectors and alarms in your home which are specifically built for this purpose. Monitor the flames on the stove, if blue – it’s okay and if yellowy orange then carbon monoxide is present. Clean your chimneys regularly and pay attention to even the slightest sign of their blockage. Service all gas appliances on annual basis and ventilate your home, in order to prevent piling up of this gas.

5.      Chemicals

Cleaning agents and other chemicals you use around the house must be stored in the appropriate place, preferably out of children’s reach. Also, if you have pets, it’s better to keep these chemicals away from them so they wouldn’t inhale, eat or knock them down.
Some chemicals release poisonous vapors so the moment you smell something off open the window and wait until the room is clear. Then, use gloves and paper towels to clean the spot and wash it with water to remove any remains. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions and use protective gear when handling chemicals of any kind.



Finally

It's important to analyze your home about your living habits and potential to cause damage or injury. Even if you doubt something might be a problem, don't hesitate to call a repairman and fix it. Taking care of the potential safety hazards is the best way to minimize their occurrence and protect your family.


Safety Hazards around the Home you Could Easily Avoid written and contributed by Audrey Taylor. To learn more about her visit her bio here : Audrey Taylor

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