Keeping our homes free of safety-hazards to keep our loved ones out of harm’s way is of the upmost importance. Sometimes a quick list of simple solutions can point us to something we could have otherwise missed. Here are few simple solutions to keep your home safe:
Injuries due to falls are one of the most common household hazards. Statistics show one in five aging adults has suffered a broken bone or head injury due to a fall caused by slippery floors or stairs, or small objects on the floor. Minimize risk by ensuring outdoor steps are clear of debris, mats are secured to the ground beneath them, toys and small items are put away, staircase handrails are secured and stable, lighting is adequate, and safety rails and slip-guards are installed in the bathroom areas, if necessary.
In 2015, there were more than 365,000 fires in U.S. homes. Ways to minimize the risk of fires include: installing fire alarms and making sure they are checked and batteries are changed annually, installing smoke detectors, unplugging small appliances when they are not in use, keeping a fire extinguisher in the home, and never leaving things cooking on stove unattended.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is very difficult to detect by smell, sight or sound, but you can prevent risk of harm by carbon monoxide poisoning by installing a CO detector that is electrical so you don’t have to worry about batteries, and keeping HVAC system, water heater and anything else that uses gas, oil, or coal serviced annually.
Deaths of drowning in outside pools are a well-known hazard, so it is important to have pool gates installed, especially when there are young children around. Deaths in drowning in a bathtub have increased by 7- percent in the last 10 years. Put away buckets and keep them empty and far away from any water source. Also, never leave a child unattended in a bathtub and always keep the toilet lid covered. It only takes a few inches of water for a child or infant to drown.
Other hazards to keep in mind when ensuring the safety of your home include: choking hazards (keep an eye on small children, inspect toys, cut up food to very small sizes), cutting hazards (keep knives, graters and peelers out of the reach of small children, put away yard tools, lock the bathroom), and poisoning (keep all chemicals, medications, paint, detergent, and personal products out of the reach of children).