We like to believe that our home is a safe zone. The family should be able to feel safe and secure every time they are inside the home and create beautiful memories together. But keep in mind that your home can also put your family at risk which can lead to personal injuries.
This is why it is important that you keep your home safe and prevent accidents from happening to protect everyone from personal injuries. Here are a couple of tips to help you keep your home safe from personal injuries and give you increased peace of mind.
How to Prevent Slip and Falls in Your Property
Slip and falls are one of the leading causes of personal injuries inside a home. So be sure to make your home slip and fall free as much as possible. Here’s how to do it.
- Clean up the clutter around your house, especially in hallways and staircases.
- Install handrails on both sides of your staircases.
- Install grab bars in your toilets, showers, and bathtubs.
- Be sure to add bright lights on every part of your home so nobody will slip and fall, especially at night.
- Avoid leaving wet floors or surfaces unattended. Mop them as soon as possible to prevent anyone from slipping.
You must be proactive to stop and prevent slip and fall accidents in your house before they can happen.
How to Prevent Electrocution at Home
Electrocution or electrical shock is another type of home accident that can cause serious personal injuries. As such, you must ensure that all your electrical systems around the house are safe for everyone:
- Avoid overloading your electrical sockets, especially when plugging in appliances as it may spark an electrical fire
- Check your electrical wirings on a regular basis to see if there any issues or problems with them
- Stop plugging in appliances that have frayed electrical cords as it could result in a short circuit that can damage your appliance or start a fire
Electrocution or electrical shock should not be taken lightly. The injuries you can get from electrical shock is often serious and can prove to be fatal. It’s important that you educate everyone in the household about avoiding electrocution to keep the family safe from injuries and prevent a disastrous fire from happening.
How to Prevent Choking
Although children are more prone to choking, it can also happen to anyone. It’s a good idea to learn first aid for choking, especially if you have toddlers at home. To help you prevent choking accidents in your home, you should consider the preventive measures below:
- Keep all small items or objects out of reach from your children. This includes pieces of jewelry, buttons, plastic bags, small toys, rings or any other small object that your children may put in their mouth
- Supervise your children, especially toddlers when eating. You may want to cut food into small pieces for your toddlers before giving it to them. You may also want to supervise your children when eating to prevent them from playing around with food.
- When bathing your children in a bathtub, avoid placing small toys in the bathing tub. If possible, don’t place any toys in the bathtub at all. Also, never leave your child unattended while he/she is in the bathtub.
How to Prevent Fires
Fires can lead to serious and fatal personal injuries. As such, you must do your best to prevent a fire from happening. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to help prevent fires in your house:
- Don’t forget to check out the manuals of your appliances on how to use them properly, especially electrical stoves. You also want to keep any flammable objects from your appliances such as curtains, carpets, wood, or paper.
- Always keep your flammable items secured. You should create separate storage area for all your flammable items to ensure that no one, especially your children, will have access to them
- Install fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire sprinkler to help you control and extinguish the fire as soon as possible. Your house should also have a fire exit in case of a fire.
- Educate everyone, especially your children, about fire safety and the consequences of playing with fire. Make them understand the dangers of fire and give them instructions on what to do in case of a fire.
How to Prevent Accidents in the Kitchen
The kitchen can also prove to be a dangerous place for everyone in the family. This is why you need to teach everyone to exercise caution, especially if they are preparing and cooking food.
- When cooking never leave your stove open even for a minute. Be sure to turn off the stove if you are leaving the kitchen even for a minute.
- Keep knives out of reach from your children. Be sure to store your knives in a secure location and keep them out of reach from your children.
- Monitor your children if they are close to hot objects to prevent them from getting burns
These are some of the tips and practices that you should consider to keep your home safe from personal injuries. You have to be proactive in keeping your home safe and preventing personal injuries from happening. Keeping your home safe from personal injuries will not only protect your family but anyone who enters your house as well. They could be your friends, guests, or visitors. You must protect them as well from personal injuries when they are on your property. Because if you don’t, you can be held responsible for their personal injuries.
It might be impossible to eliminate all the potential hazards in your house, but it is possible to minimize the risks to a greater extent and help protect your family from personal injuries.
About the author: Ashley Thompson loves writing and reading about the law, and she combines both these interests in her topics. She hopes to apply her years of practicing writing into helping explain legal issues to the public. Ashley loves cooking and often cooks for her family during weekends.