Common Home Hazards To Look Out For
August 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
Accidents in the home are more prevalent than commonly assumed. In fact, home accidents cause nearly 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Annually, about 20 million medical visits are also the direct result of a home accident. Researchers estimate that home accidents cost over $200 billion each year. These accidents for the most part, are avoidable. You can take action in order to make your home a safer place for your family and friends. Here are a few of the hazards that you need to look out for.
Make Sure Staircases Are Well-Lit
The most common home accident, and the leading case of death in this environment, is falling. Falls often occur on or around stairs. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible here. Falls can cause broken bones and fractures that can decrease quality of life for the elderly. For instance, a hip fracture after a fall may require surgery or long term care needs. Mobility can be severely impacted. You can avoid this by making sure that your staircases have good lighting at all times. Make sure that handrails are in place and maintained. The same should be done for the steps themselves.
Place Smoke Detectors Around The House And Test Them Regularly
Everyone knows the importance of having smoke detectors around the house to alert you in the event of a fire. Making sure these smoke detectors have the proper batteries is also key. What many people don’t realize is that you also need to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Carbon monoxide can’t be detected through smell, which makes it extremely dangerous if you aren’t careful. Getting your heaters inspected on a regular basis can lower the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, but it is important to make sure you have a battery powered carbon monoxide detector in your home as well.
Keep Your Kitchen Safe
Kitchens present a significant risk to children, particularly stoves, pans, and knives. You want to make sure that you don’t use the front burners if children are around, so they can’t reach up and grab a handle. You’ll also want to make sure that dishwashers are locked so that children can’t pick up hot or sharp prongs or knives.
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