There are numerous hazards in the home that we tend to take for granted. While you and your family feel safe and secure at home, the accident and emergency departments have to deal with significant injuries and occasionally fatal incidents that occur in homes every year. Chemicals and choke hazards, among other things, can cause harm to people of all ages in the house. Safety in and around the home should not be taken for granted.
Here are some of the hazards to look out for around the home:
Falls in and around the house happen now and then due to wet floors or falling down the stairs. To minimize the risk, there should be adequate lighting, solid handrails and safety gates to protect children.
There should be rugs to protect old and young from slipping.
Fire could result from unattended appliances e.g., pressing iron. To minimize the risk, there should be fire alarms installed, and regular checks should be done in case there is a need to change batteries. Put off appliances when not in use, and they should be in good working order.
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Carbon monoxide cannot be detected by smell, sight or sound. Carbon monoxide can lead to asphyxiation and this should be taken seriously. Generators or motors emitting carbon monoxide should be placed far away from the house, under a shed.
Children run the risk of drowning in a pool without a fence. Set up a barrier with child-resistant latches and at least a 4-foot height. Alarms on each door leading to the pool can also be beneficial. Pool coverings add a layer of security while concealing the controls.
SHARP, POINTY OBJECTS
There are several sharp objects aside from knives which can pose a potential risk in the home. Sharp objects, whether knives or graters should be properly kept in their rack.
The most likely causes of burn-related injuries are stoves and dishwashers. Use the back burners when cooking or install a latch on your dishwasher to help prevent them.
Although it might seem obvious, there are a lot of everyday objects with sharp edges, both inside and outside your home. A garden hoe or an open food can, could both be harmful.
The risk of drowning is higher around pools and other water-related risks, such as unattended bathtubs, especially for small children. When they're in use, be on the lookout, and when they're not, put up a fence or some other type of barrier.
Choking is the 4th largest cause of accidental death in the US, claiming 3,000 victims in 2020. Choking can be frightening, whether it happens from a piece of supper sliding down the wrong way or a child unintentionally swallowing a small object. Take all precautions to protect your family's safety by becoming knowledgeable about choking hazards.
Keeping your family secure comes first in life. Being a family defender is a little simpler by knowing what to watch out for and what precautions to take. However, nobody can be on duty constantly; you might want to enlist the aid of a monitored security system to help you keep an eye on your loved ones. The majority of modern systems allow for remote access and home automation, allowing you to check on your home whenever you want.
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