11 Impressive Tips to Ensure Safety at Home

The first time I heard: ‘home accident,’ I was surprised and a bit confused. As a child, I felt ‘accidents’ only occur on the highway. Thanks to growth, I now better understand what that means and how terrible it can be. I couldn’t believe my eyes when my mum broke her arm some years back. Though, she’s fine now, the experience wasn’t a sweet one.

If you’ve experienced such, or you know someone who has, you will agree home accident it isn’t a sweet experience. Sadly, some home accidents have even claimed lives. What a tragedy!

Well, to address this issue I’ve written this piece. Briefly, you’ll learn eleven aspects at home that require safety. And to make the piece meaty, each point is spiced up with practical tips. Let’s get started!

11 Impressive Tips to Ensure Safety at Home

Floors. Majority of casualties at home result from floors. Especially when slippery, it can cause slips and falls, leading to serious injury. 

Tips to stay safe:

  • Ensure adequate lighting at home to quickly identify wet areas.
  • Keep mopping sticks or other substitutes handy.
  • Place foot mats at the entrance of each compartment, bathrooms especially.

Electronic Appliances. Electronic instruments can be a significant cause of accidents at home. Because it has become such a familiar part of activities in most homes, some tend to use electronics nonchalantly, causing lots of evitable accidents. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to electronic appliances.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands.
  • Do not manage plugs or cords; replace them as soon as they fray or break.
  • Make it a habit of switching off all appliances when not in use and when you are leaving home.

Cooking. Apart from the risk that comes with the cookers themselves, mistakes while preparing the meal such as burning yourself or cutting your hand while slicing commonly occur. Want to avoid these as much as possible? Read on!

Tips to Stay Safe:

  • Avoid cooking late at night, especially when there is no artificial source of light.
  • Remove all dangling jewelry before cooking.
  • Keep potholders handy.
  • When lifting and stirring in a hot pot, do it away from yourself and not towards.
  • Don’t cook when you are tired, you could sleep off. 

Waste. Here’s another aspect of worthy of considering if you want to stay safe at home. Storing waste at home improperly or for long breeds unwanted organisms at home making the house smelly and loud, and ultimately increasing the chances of accidents.

Tips to Stay Safe:

  • Take practical steps to reduce the waste generated in your home.
  • Recycle all recyclable items.
  • Neatly place trash bins at necessary places in the house.
  • Resist the urge to throw things in the trash bin, gently drop inside instead (yes, gently) lol!
tips to stay safe

Use of sharp objects. One of the easiest ways to get hurt at home is through the use of sharp objects. The sad thing is, you just can’t do without them at home.

Tips to Stay Safe with sharp objects:

  • Store sharp objects like forks and knives in drawers with safety latch.
  • Keep appliances with sharp parts in a separate cabinet.
  • Arrange breakable objects in less reachable areas.
  • Avoid bending sharp objects with your hands.

Labelling. Wondering what this is about? Here it is. Various spices are used in the kitchen, each with their distinctive use. One way to stay safe at home is by correctly labeling each container for keeping spices. This even eases work for you and others whom you might grant access to use your kitchen.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Keep suitable containers to store spices.
  • Correctly inscribe names on the containers.

Medications. Observations show that medications put householders, especially children, at risk of accidental poisoning.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Dispose of expired medications as soon as possible.
  • Always keep medications out of the reach of children.

Chemicals. Exposure to chemicals at home is another major cause of home accidents. Chemicals are especially dangerous because they can cause far-reaching harm within a short time.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Boldly label containers that contain chemicals.
  • Dispose of batteries as soon as they expire.
  • Store chemicals in locked cabinets.

Note: Though some substances are not outright dangerous chemicals, they should be seen as such. Dish detergents, cosmetics, polishes, remote batteries can lead to home accidents.

Litters. Items discarded on the ground can easily cause falls, a significant type of home accidents. Most people rush out of their homes every day to go to work and come back late at night, leaving little or no time to keep the house free from tripping hazards.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Have specific areas to keep shoes and toys (Applicable in homes with children).
  • Ensure adequate lighting at home to quickly identify obstructions.
  • Make it a habit to pick things up as soon as they fall.

Water. No, it’s not drinking water, keep calm. Baths, ornamental garden ponds, and other water features around the house pose a threat of accidents at home.

Tips to Stay Safe:

  • Keep areas of water bodies clear of toys or other objects that can cause tripping.
  • Ensure that children do not go near them without supervision.
  • Restrict access to water bodies.
  • Do not drink alcohol in excess before entering pools.

Heights. While storing particular objects on shelves, cupboards, or tables is a great tip to stay safe at home, it could also pose a threat. Falling objects from heights is a common cause of home accidents.

Tips to stay safe:

  • Avoid overfilling shelves and cabinets.
  • Use a step or ladder when needed.
  • Avoid storing items higher than shoulder height.

Conclusion

By paying attention and applying these points, you can limit or totally eradicate home accidents! But you know, we are imperfect, so for a few cases of home accident, bear in mind this general tip: Keep a first aid box! But trust me, you would relieve the first aid box of so many duties if you align yourself with these tips.

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