We’re all spending a bit more time than usual in the safety of our homes, but as we all know, accidents can happen anywhere. In the United States, injury is the leading cause of death among children, and young adults and nearly half of these accidents occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council. This statistic probably has you looking around the room for things you can do to prevent a worst-case scenario from happening. Let’s dive into the top 3 dangerous rooms in your home and what you can do to make them safer.
Kitchen Safety Tips
There is no question that the kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home. Open flame gas burners, hot oil, sharp utensils, slippery messes, chemicals to be tampered with, the list could go on. Each year in the United States alone, more than 100,000 people go to the hospital emergency room due to a scalding injury. Hot water alone causes 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths each year in the United States. Here’s what you can do to prevent injuries from occurring in your kitchen:
- Store knives out of reach and in a block or drawer
- Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing or jewelry while cooking
- Turn pot handles away from you while cooking
- Learn how to put out every type of kitchen fire
- Never put water on an oil fire!
- Purchase a fire extinguisher and keep it nearby
- And if you have little ones:
- Get burner locks if your stove knobs are in reach
- Install magnetic cabinet locks if you store your cleaning supplies in the bottom cabinets
Bathroom Safety Tips
With its slippery, hard surfaces makes the bathroom an accident waiting to happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. To protect your family, we suggest following this advice:
- Place non-slip mats under your throw rugs and in your tub or shower to prevent falls
- Make sure your outlets are converted to GFCI outlets
- Keep medicine and cleaning chemicals out of reach of little ones
- Install grab bars or rails in and around the shower, bathtub, and toilet
- Switch to a weighted shower curtain to prevent water pooling on the floor
- Regularly clean your floors and tub/shower to prevent slippery soap scum
Yard Safety Tips
Last on our list is your outdoor space. While not technically inside your home, it is an extension of your living space. On a sunny day, you may want to spend some time relaxing outside, playing ball with the kids, or relieving some ‘’office stress’’ by working in the yard. But before you head outside, we want to remind you that simple precautions can ensure your day is disaster-free.
- Understand the tools you’re working with:
- Read your manuals to all of your power equipment
- Don’t operate machinery while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Always practice ladder safety
- Check your extension cords for cracks before using
- Never dig without approval from local utility companies
- Keep garden tools in safe places out of reach
- Always be watching your children
- If your home has a pool:
- Install safety net around your pool
- Remove ladders to above ground pools when not in use
Overall, be sure you’re always actively looking for ways to prevent injury. It’s obvious, but taking the time to think things through and not cut corners could prevent a trip to the emergency room. To learn more great homeowner tips and advice, browse our homeowner blogs.
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