Home is the place we come after work, after visiting around, after spending time out in the world. It’s where we come to feel relaxed, warm, welcome and safe. In fact, home is supposed to be the safest place in the world, but it can take a bit of work to make sure that stays true. Since we spend so much time at home, and because we let our guard down at home, household accidents are a very real problem. Fortunately, it is simple to lower the risk of accidents on your property. All you need to do is look for safety hazards and be willing to repair them.
Be Aware Of Danger Zones
Some household danger zones are more obvious than others. Some of the first lessons we learn as children are all about being careful in the kitchen. Most people are naturally cautious in a room full of sharp knives and hot surfaces. If your home has a workshop, it’s easy to remember to be careful there, too. When you are trying to learn the danger zones in your house, make sure to look in other areas too. Loose floorboards and slippery areas rugs can cause serious injuries. So can heavy items stored in an unsafe manner. Do regular checks in your laundry and furnace rooms to make certain there are no leaks, exposed wiring, or filters that have passed their due dates.
Inside And Out
Many household accidents don’t occur inside the house, but still happen on your property. Front and back yards as well as garages and storage sheds are potential danger zones and need regular care and attention if they are to remain safe. Make sure that power lines are out of reach, that your walkways are shovelled and salted in winter, and that trees don’t have any dead branches that could fall and cause injury. Children are notorious for finding creative ways to hurt themselves, so if you have little ones, make sure they are supervised at all times if they are going to be playing outdoor games.
Safety for Yourself and Others
Nobody is perfect, and sometimes, accidents are going to happen on your property. In order to protect yourself from unforeseen consequences of household accidents, be familiar with the safety precautions you are legally required to put in place. If there is a danger zone that you have not fixed yet or cannot fix on your own, place signs warning people to be cautious in that area. If you have a dog, post signage warning people to be careful of your pet, even if it has never hurt anyone. If you have taken all the necessary precautions, you are less likely to be vulnerable to a lawsuit or other court action.
Home Sweet Home
Your home should be a place of safety, not just from physical hazards, but from the stresses of worrying about the problems of your life. Take a little time each day to make the adjustments to your home that will protect yourself and others.