According to the National Safety Council, more than 146,000 people died
in unintentional accidents in 2015. The research showed that many of those
accidents happened on personal properties, in people’s homes. This
fall, it is important to conduct a safety check of your home. Especially
as the holidays approach and family members stop by, you can keep your
guests safe and comfortable by accident-proofing your home.
In general, there are 3 main categories you should include in your safety
check. These include fire hazards, slip and fall hazards, and firearm
hazards. By inspecting your home for these threats, you can help avoid
an accident and keep you and your loved ones safe.
The safety check of your home should involve:
Fire hazards. It is important to make sure your home is free of fire hazards, and to
also make sure it has properly installed fire and smoke alarms in every
room. This can help keep your home safe and secure in case of a fire.
Electrical wiring. Faulty or old wiring can cause electrical fires. Thus, you should replace
old circuit breakers, and install safeguards to your system to prevent a fire.
Lint in clothes dryers. Lint buildup in clothes dryers is another common cause of house fires.
It is important to clean the lint trap after every use, and to clean the
vent pipe at least once every 3 months.
Fireplaces. If you have fireplaces in your home, make sure to keep them clean. You
should avoid putting up flammable decorations near the fire, and to have
the fireplace regularly inspected to make sure it is properly vented.
Clutter in the kitchen. The kitchen is where many hot objects are, such as stoves and ovens.
If there is an excessive amount of clutter in the kitchen, such as towels,
napkins, cookbooks, and pot holders, the chances of a fire skyrocket.
It is important to keep your kitchen free and clear of clutter, especially
around the areas where there is a heat source.
Sawdust. Sawdust from woodwork or construction is a major fire hazard and is very
flammable. It is important to use a specially designed vacuum to clean
up sawdust after installing furniture, and to avoid using compressed air
to blow the sawdust, as this could cause a fire.
Slip and fall hazards. Slip and fall accidents result in around 8 million emergency room visits
each year in the United States. Furthermore, it is estimated that nearly
half of all accidental fatalities in the home are caused by slip and falls.
With the risk so high, it is important to keep your home accident-proof
against slip and fall hazards.
Walkways. Falls on walkways are a leading cause of injuries in the home. Slick walkways
from ice, snow, or rain can cause a slip and fall accident. In order to
make your walkways safer, you should shovel off all snow and ice, put
down salt if necessary, and make sure bushes and greenery are trimmed
back to allow plenty of room to walk. You should also make sure tiles
and stones are level, and put a warning sign by hard-to-notice steps.
This can help your guests safely navigate the walkways around your home.
Clutter. You should not only tidy up the outside area of your house, but you should
also make sure the inside of your home is clutter-free. This includes
putting toys, electronic cords, trash, and other objects away from places
where people walk. Cluttered paths and messy areas in and around your
home can make it dangerous for your guests to travel, especially at night.
Lighting. You should make sure there is adequate lighting in every room in your
house. This may involve replacing bulbs, adding new lamps, and making
sure emergency lighting sources such as flashlights are easily accessible.
You should also check the outside lighting and install extra lights if
necessary to help your guests see better at night.
Clothing. Wearing loose clothing that drags on the ground can endanger your guests.
Furthermore, wearing socks that lack sticky pads can make it easy to slip
on hardwood or tile floors. Encourage your guests to wear comfortable
and properly fitted clothing, and to wear slippers with traction instead of socks.
Firearm hazards. Statistics show that living with a gun in the home increases the chance
of an unintentional gunshot injury. Firearm owners should exercise extreme
caution when storing their guns, especially if children are in the house.
In general, there are a few guidelines you can follow to increase the
safety of everyone in your home.
Keep the firearms unloaded at all times. Any gun in the home should be completely unloaded. Owners can help protect
themselves and others by unloading and checking the chamber of every gun
before storing it.
Keep the firearms locked and separated from ammunition. Guns and ammunition should be stored in separate locations in the home.
Whether you use a locked cabinet, lock box, gun vault, or other type of
storage case, you should make sure each gun is locked and kept out of
reach of children.
Use a gun locking device for extra protection. In addition to locked storage, you may use a gun locking device as an
extra safety measure. You can get locking devices for a variety of firearms.
This can ensure that, if a child or someone else does gain access to the
gun, it will still be locked and unable to fire and cause injury.
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