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Avoiding accidents in the home

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Accidents in the home are terrible for two reasons, one we should all be able to feel safe in our own home, but two a lot of them can be prevented. This article is going to overview some tips to make your home safe.

If you’re in doubt as to figure out the safety of your home, you can hire a safety auditor (some even work for free, all are affordable). If this is an option you’re interested in, do some research on those in your area and select one for assistance in assessing the areas of your home that can use the most improvement.

In the meantime, consider these general tips for a safer home:

Doors and windows

  • Don’t have doors that open out to hang over the steps
  • Watch for raised thresholds

Electrical and wiring

  • Ensure that the electrical outlets are safe for shock prevention
  • Keep bulbs from being exposed or easy to burn you
  • Maintain appliances, cords, and so forth
  • Make sure everything is up to code in your home in terms of electricity
  • No staples on cords

Fire Safety

  • Add strobe lights to alarms so that the hearing impaired can be woken by them in the event of an emergency
  • Ensure that you have smoke alarms within the house, that they are fully functional
  • Make sure that there is at least one functional smoke detector on each floor of the home

Furniture

  • Adjust seats for comfort and safety, and easy to get out of
  • Keep furniture arranged in a way that does not obstruct the general flow of any room
  • Maintain furniture properly, rid the house of poorly maintained furniture

Hallways, the floor, and stairways

  • Ensure that the house is well lit
  • Keep steps clear and free of obstacles
  • Maintain your carpet to the best of your ability
  • Provide handrails to support yourself as you walk up the stairs
  • Put non skid strips on your stairs
  • Throw out old carpet that has not been maintained

Lighting

  • Add night lights where necessary
  • Make sure the home is well lit
  • Place lighting switches at both ends of hallways, stairways

Telecommunication devices

  • Make sure emergency numbers are listed next to each phone device

Water

  • Ensure that water heaters are set to 120 degrees or below
  • Install anti-scalding valves

 


 

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