Home Safety Tips for Accident Prevention

Home Safety Tips for Accident Prevention
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    Our homes are our refuge from the world, familiar places that offer comfort, solitude and respite.

    But, there are dangers lurking where we spend our most time, with household chemicals, fire and even our beloved pets presenting possible hazards if we're not careful.

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You can avoid becoming a statistic by keeping these household hazards in mind.

Kitchen chemicals

— Detergents, pesticides and cleaners can keep your house clean and effectively free of pests. They’re also a danger that small children and pets alike can discover and ingest. Keep your chemicals on shelving that is out of reach or install childproof safety locks on cabinet doors beneath the sink.

When using open chemicals, never leave these unintended. Use only the amount of chemicals you need and then return containers to a secured location. Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.

Home fires

— A fire can break out in your home — in the kitchen, the laundry room, your fireplace or elsewhere. Small fires such as a pan that catches fire can be contained and extinguished by you.

You need to know what type of fire extinguisher to have on hand too. A Class B extinguisher can handle grease, oil and gasoline fire while a Class K extinguisher is more suitable for handling fats and oils in cooking appliances. Visit the FEMA website to learn about the various types of fire extinguishers.

Unsecured flooring

— The National Institute on Aging notes that most falls take place in the home, but can be prevented by making homes “fall proof” inside and out. Oftentimes there are safety hazards present that can and should be removed.

Small furniture, a pet, wires and electrical cords, slick floors and loose carpeting can trip people up regardless of their age. Rooms should not be cluttered, with ample space for walking throughout the house. Well-lit stairways, secure bannisters, bathroom grab bars and storing needed kitchen items in easy to access places can help prevent accidents.

Crime prevention

— Your safety can also be compromised if your home security does not deter criminals. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that outside lighting be visible to your neighbors, making use of motion detector lights to thwart criminal activity.

You should also limit shrubbery near your home, easy places for burglars to hide while you’re attempting to enter your home. Dead-bolt locks on outside doors, peepholes and locks on windows are essential. Never allow anyone to enter your home without a photo identification card. If you are not sure if a cable repair man, a carpet installer or a carpenter is who he claims to be, do not let them in.

Safety Considerations

There are other safety considerations you can take on including installing a carbon monoxide detector, replacing old batteries in your fire detectors, securing tippy book shelves, covering unused outlets to protect young children and pets, grounding major appliances and turning your water heater below 120F to avoid burns. You should also plan an escape route if your home catches fire or other emergency takes place.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".