Basic Home Safety Tips

Here are some basic tips to make your home safer. These standard safety measures do not include security and surveillance measures that will be detailed in a separate article. Accidents can happen any day and can be avoided by taking certain precautions when it comes to our home.

Home safety hazards

Home safety hazards include:

  • Trip and fall hazards
  • Poisoning
  • Burn and fire hazards
  • Choking

Home safety measures

Home safety measures include:

  • Keep the floor, stairs, and walkways clear of such things as toys or tools, ice, and water. Keeping the floor, stairs, and walkways clear of things will reduce these hazards. Also, make sure the floors, stairways, and even walkways outside are dry as well as clean. Many people slip on wet or icy surfaces. Certain floor tiles when wet can become like a sheet of ice under your feet so always make sure to dry any wet areas completely before walking on them.
  • To reduce poisoning make sure that chemicals in cleaners, as well as prescription medications in the medicine cabinet, are in a safe place away from children. Especially when it comes to prescription medications these days, it is often better to keep them in a place that you can lock in between your doses.
  • Burn and fire hazards which can occur in the kitchen or backyard as well as other places in and around the house; can be reduced by keeping the right fire extinguishers available. Also, make sure cooking fires or appliances are not around fire hazards such as paper and other flammables; this will reduce these types of burn and fire hazards.
  • Choking; a good place to start reducing this hazard is by making sure you know what to do when someone is choking. However, you also need to be mindful of children and small objects which include toys.

Home safety tips

Along with the above-mentioned safety measures here are some other tips that we have put together for you concerning home safety.

  • Inspect electrical cords yearly; look for areas that are showing bare wires if you find any it is time to replace that cord.
  • Keep bathroom appliances such as hair dryers and curling irons away from water. Always use nonslip mats in the tub and on nonslip carpets on the floor in your bathroom.
  • Inspect the chimney on your house yearly to make sure that it is clean this will reduce the hazard of chimney fires.
  • Reduce clutter in your home which can contribute not only to falls and trips but also to fire hazards by removing old magazines, clothes, etc. that you no longer use.
  • Read the ingredients in your cleaners closely; this can prevent poisoning as well as allergic reactions or chemical burns.
  • Make sure that your throw rugs stay in place by choosing rubbing backing on such rugs or using a carpet tape that provides grip for those rugs on the floor.