As hard as it is to believe, your home can be a hazardous place. Over 18,000 people die each year because of common household injuries. Falls and accidental poisonings are the worst. Falls claim over 6,000 lives each year and accidental poisoning claims over 5,000 lives each year. Therefore, we have some tips on how to avoid common household hazards that can keep you and your family safe.
Home Safety Tips:
Smoke Alarms: Every home should have one or more working smoke alarms. Check your alarms every three months to make sure they are working correctly and change batteries twice a year.
Electrical Fires: Never overload extension cords or circuits. Keep cords away from high traffic areas and if your devices begin to spark or smell, turn them off right away. Unplug any faulty equipment.
Outlets: Keep your electrical outlets covered with outlet caps, especially if you have small children.
Portable Heaters: Give portable heaters lots of space. Never place things within 3 feet of them. These type of heaters tend to overheat and cause nearly 300 deaths each year.
Dryer Ducts: Lint will build up in your dryer’s exhaust ducts over time and can easily catch fire. Have them regularly cleaned to remove most of the buildup. You can even do this yourself.
Top Heavy Items: Protect small children around top heavy furniture like TV’s, dishwashers and stoves. These items are famous for injuring thousands of children each year.
Magnets: Keep magnets away from small hands. Children can swallow them and cause internal damage to their organs when they twist or tear things like the intestines.
Windows: Do not place playpens or cribs near windows or blinds. Blind cords have caused strangulation in many children. And, window guards can be used to prevent fall through a window.
Showers & Tubs: The Home Safety Council recommends installing grab bars and traction pads in bathtubs and showers.
Medication: Always keep prescription and over the counter drugs away from children’s reach.
If you or a loved one has accidentally been poisoned, the Poison Help Hotline is standing by 24 hours a day to answer questions at 1-800-222-1222.
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