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12 Safety Tips For Around the Home

12 Safety Tips for Around the Home

Homes are filled with potential hazards, from falls and burns to electrical shocks and poisoning. Taking precautions can significantly reduce the risk of these accidents and the resulting injuries, which can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious, life-changing events.

By taking steps to make your home safer, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Regularly inspect your home and start from the first floor (including your basement) Here are just a few safety tips for around the house to ensure safety in your home.

  1. Look for trip hazards, and clear any clutter. According to the National Safety Council, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States, and falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries. Check floor transitions between rooms and make repairs as needed. Fix carpeting that is buckled. Address irregular stair heights. Look for areas where water pools outside.
  2. Check for potential electrical issues. The leading cause of house fires is electrical malfunction. Look for loose or frayed wiring. Get rid of or fix any lamps, small appliances, and extension cords with frayed wiring. Check to make sure circuits aren’t overloaded. Install GFI outlets. Install switch plate and outlet covers if missing or broken. The leading cause of house fires is electrical malfunction.
  3. Install fire extinguishers or check your existing ones as they have a 10 to 12-year life expectancy, some are even less. Install Fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Newer ones come with a 10-year battery life and can be found here. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that there are an average of 353,100 home fires each year in the United States, resulting in 2,770 deaths, 11,670 injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage. Things Done For You, LLC can help with the installations.
  4. Regularly clean your dryer vent ducts to prevent fires. More information can be found here.
  5. Install grab bars around showers and tubs. According to a CDC study 81%of injuries in the bathroom are related to falls. Grab bars like these can save you and your family from serious injuries or even death.
  6. Keep potting soil bags away from the home as these can start fires. The ingredients of most potting soils include sphagnum moss, coir, and pine bark. These are all highly flammable. There have been cases of spontaneous combustion of potting soil bags.
  7. Keep mulch piles away from the home. When spreading mulch through garden beds, provide clearance for electrical devices. Use less combustible mulch products. Shredded rubber, pine needles, shredded cedar, and pine bark nuggets are the most combustible.
  8. Know when to call a professional. DIY projects are fun and less expensive, but climbing ladders or performing jobs that require a professional can lead to serious injury and if done incorrectly, can make it more costly in the long run.
  9. Have a safety plan in place. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in case of an emergency. A good place to start is here. This page is an excellent resource and includes free downloads for various scenarios to think about when making safety plans, including communication or language barriers, cultural and religious considerations, ages of household members, disabilities, pets, and many other considerations.
  10. Check handrails, inside and out. Make sure they are secured. Install new ones if signs of deterioration or rot. Check to make sure the handrails are up to current safety standards and building codes.
  11. Keep walkways and sidewalks clear and free from tree limbs and landscaping. Trim the landscaping frequently or replace overgrown bushes to keep sidewalks clear.
  12. Have an emergency kit in your home. First aid kits like these allow immediate response to minor injuries and emergencies, preventing potential complications and promoting faster healing.

Creating a safe home is creating a healthy home. Have peace of mind knowing that your home and family are safe so you aren’t always worrying about potential dangers. Accidents like fires, electrical problems, and water leaks can cause significant damage to your home. By taking steps to prevent these incidents, you can protect your investment and save yourself from costly repairs. Things Done For You, LLC is dedicated to safety. Call us at 732.806.5373 to schedule a safety inspection.