After a long day at work, hot scorching sun or just a rainy day, we all look forward to getting at home and relaxing. Most of the time, we forget that there are potential hazards that can happen in this happy place. It is important for us to be aware of such hazards and hence take the relevant actions to prevent them. The following is a guide on the most common home hazards and how to prevent them.
As much as electricity helps us to carry out our house chores, it can be a potential cause of safety hazard if not well-maintained. The following are some of the things you can do to reduce electricity safety hazards. Make sure that you dispose of all the unwanted electricity appliances in the house. Ensure that there are no faulty wiring connections in the house. If you have any faulty wires call an electrician to help you out. Do not overcrowd your sockets and use extension codes if necessary. Finally, all electric connection and maintenance should be done by a certified professional.
Fire is one of the most common and potentially big safety hazard every homeowner is afraid of. It can be difficult to completely eliminate all fire hazard at home, however, there are some steps that you can use to reduce the potential occurrence of a fire hazard. First, ensure that you switch off electric cookers or gas after use. When cooking ensure that you do not have hanging clothes. If using candles or fireplace ensure that they are not left unattended. To maintain fire safety, always have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and make sure to check the batteries and test them frequently. Additionally, ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in your home to put out any small fires that might occur.
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Neglected housekeeping can be a potential cause of safety risk at home. This include neglected broken glass, clutter, unorganized rooms and misplaced codes. These can cause tripping. To avoid this, ensure that floors are well dried after washing, make sure that there is no unattended clutter next to stairs also ensure that all codes are well placed out of the way. Finally, make sure that all hazardous materials or chemicals are kept away from fire and children reach.
Prevention is always better than cure, however, sometimes it is better to be prepared. You should always have safety emergency necessities such as fire extinguishers and first Aid kit in an easily accessible place and ensure that every person in the home knows how to use them.
Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect because it cannot be felt, seen or smelled. This makes it difficult to be controlled. Low carbon monoxide levels can cause dizziness and headaches while high carbon monoxide exposure can cause impaired vision, vomiting, and even death. Regardless of its inability to be detected, there are some precautions that you can take to mitigate carbon monoxide poisoning. To start with, you can install a carbon monoxide detector. This detector will alert you when carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels. In addition to that, you can prevent any possible CO2 leak by having your water heater, gas and any other appliances that use CO2 serviced and installed by a professional. You can also ensure that all appliances are thoroughly inspected and tested before purchase.
Cuts may be underestimated and seen as no brainier, unfortunately, cuts are the most common type of home hazards because of the many sharp objects around our homes. They can be deep cuts that would require immediate medical attention or just shallow cuts that require First Aid only. There are several things that you can do to reduce the risk of cuts. First, make sure all your sharp kitchen appliances are safely placed and stored away from children reach. Keep knives and forks facing downwards in the utensil basket.
Just like cuts, burns may not seem like a serious household hazard, but they are very common for people who hang around the kitchen. They can be caused by dishwashers and stoves. Therefore, it is important for any homeowner to know ways that can be used to reduces the chances of any family member getting a burn. To keep your family safe, you can start with adding stove knob covers, especially to the gas stoves. You can also use back burners if possible, this makes it difficult for children to accidentally touch hot stoves. Finally, do not touch hot cooking pots with naked hands.
There is always a good feeling when you know that everyone at home is safe. With this in mind, it is important for everyone to know home safety measures as well as First Aid Measures. Having some tools such as the First Aid kit and fire extinguishers is very important to home safety. Additionally, it is important for your family and employees at home to get First Aid Training.