Today I thought I would chat about staying safe in our homes and the things we can all do to help reduce household hazards.
If you have young children or elderly residents in your home especially, then you may notice that something as small as a puddle of water or a loose cord can cause a major accident, so here are just a few things around the home to keep in check:
- Make sure that your alarm is in working order by carrying out regular tests on it, and making sure that it has working batteries.
- It’s a good idea to make sure that all deadlocks have keys in them on the inside of the door or at least somewhere handy nearby. If you need to leave your home in an emergency, you don’t want to be panicking as you try and find the key.
- Make sure that there are no loose electrical cords lying across the floors in your home that could be a trip hazard.
- If you have kids then make sure that they can’t reach cords of any kind. Things like curtains cords or loose cords on the ground can be a choking hazard for young children.
- Think about the placement of rugs. They may not be a good idea at the top of stairs for instance, as they could potentially slip and cause people to trip.
- If you plan on using heaters in winter, then make sure they are kept well away from any potential fire hazards, especially things like newspapers and magazines. Also make sure that your heater is safe and in working order.
- Outside of your home check for slippery or unsafe steps and decks. Over time your steps and walking paths may grow moss or become slimey or damaged. If this is the case then make sure you get them fixed so that there are no walking hazards outside.
- Whilst you’re outside, also check for leaking taps or downpipes. If there is water leaking outside then this could make paths slippery and unsafe outside.
Have you got any more tips to help keep your home safe and hazard-free? If so, what are they?