Many today feel so comfortable and secure in their homes that they ignore basic safety rules and precautions. Worse still, such inexcusable neglect often happens in homes that harbour not only strong and energetic adults, but also children and elderly people who are quite vulnerable. And the result? Avoidable domestic accidents, some of which could be life-threatening! Taking steps to learn and adhere to home safety precautions will prevent a lot physical, psychological and financial damage. Helpful home safety tips from various experts in home management have been carefully compiled here to make our homes safer. Please, take time to go through them and make every necessary adjustment in your home. Below are the necessary home precautions:
Home Furnishing Precautions
- Ensure that pieces of furniture are positioned out of the range of mobility. That is, they should be placed in “low-traffic” areas such as corners and sections of the room.
- Furniture should be stable, not wobbly.
- As much as possible, choice of furniture items should exclude those with sharp edges and corners. This will reduce chances of injury.
- Shelves should be low enough to avoid using a step stool.
- Sofas, armchairs, double-sitters and tables that have broken parts or getting dilapidated should be removed or repaired. This also applies to leaking roofs, broken windows, doors, steps, damaged floors and falling ceilings.
- All stairs, whether inside or outside the house, require stable handrails.
Lighting and Colours Precautions
- Lighting levels should be fairly consistent throughout the home. Individuals find it difficult to focus when they move from light to dark areas and vice versa, especially those with vision impairments.
- Ensure there are several night lights throughout the house, especially near bedrooms, bathrooms, stairways and entrances.
- Keep torches/flashlights handy in case of power failure. Keep one in the bedroom (preferably near the bed) and other areas where the most time is spent. Check to ensure batteries are in good condition. Avoid candles as much as possible.
Electrical Cords and Cables Precautions
- Keep extension cords in a hidden place (such as behind furniture) to prevent tripping and falling.
- Ensure that furniture legs are not placed on electrical cords or cables as this may wear them down, resulting in electrical shock.
- Avoid placing cables and cords in “high traffic areas” or under carpet/rug, as this could also make them wear out.
- Check cables and cords regularly for any signs of wear and tear.
Because of its often-cramped space and slippery surfaces, the bathroom ranks as the most likely area of a household where a person may fall. Children, elderly people or people with mobility problems are especially at risk. Therefore,
- Never leave a little child unattended in a bath.
- Where a child is beginning to learn to bath himself/herself, always remain within arm’s reach. A child may stand in the bath and then slip, resulting in serious injuries.
- Ensure that any medication, soaps, detergent, bathroom cleaning supplies and other harmful substances are carefully stored out of the reach of children.
- Place non-skid adhesive strips in the bathtub, shower stalls and on the bathroom floor to prevent falls.
- Ensure that safety products such as grip or grab bars, are installed in bathtubs and by the toilet.
- Keep water heater set to 120