Tips for a Disaster-Free Home
A home promises comfort and security, an escape from the hectic world. Unfortunately, it can also be where you are most likely to get injured.
So what can you do to disaster-proof your home? These tips will help improve safety in each room of your home.
Household chemicals, often stored under the kitchen sink, are poison and burn hazards. By installing child-safety locks, you can greatly decrease accidents to children and pets. But be prepared. Keep telephone numbers for poison control and the emergency room handy.
To reduce your risk of food poisoning, wash your hands, the sink, cutting board and countertops with soap and water after working with raw meat.
Falls in bathtubs and showers and on slippery tiles are the major causes of bathroom injuries. Stop slips by using rubber bath mats and floor rugs and keeping floors dry. Handle bars in tubs and showers and next to toilets will also cut down on falls.
Water and electricity have never been a healthy mix. Decrease the opportunity for electrical shocks by not using hair dryers, curling irons or shavers near water-filled tubs or sinks.
Falls are also common in bedrooms. De-clutter walkways, hide electrical and phone chords and soften the edges of furniture to reduce injuries. Increasing the amount of light in your room will also help.
Infants spend a lot of time sleeping during the first year of life so it's important to childproof the bedroom. Baby beds shouldn't have sharp edges, soft pillows, bumper pads or stuffed animals, and cribs should be certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Prevent furniture from toppling onto climbing children by securing pieces to a wall.
Drowning is the second cause of unintentional death in kids. And most of those deaths happen in swimming pools and open water. You can reduce chances of children and pets drowning by surrounding your pool with a fence. Repairing broken suction entrapments and drain covers will stop deaths too.
Lawnmowers are another potentially dangerous backyard item. Cuts to hands and feet and eye injuries can happen in seconds. Make it a habit to wear closed-toe shoes and pick up sticks, stones and toys before mowing. Also, don't take children for joyrides on ride mowers.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Safe Kids Campaign