Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in their own homes (NSC). So, where is the house danger (or what are the most dangerous rooms in your house), and how can you make them safer?
Since you spend so much time in the bathroom, it makes sense that it would be a place for many accidents. Many of those accidents can be prevented with a little forethought. Here are a few of the most common house danger spots in the bathroom:
Hot water is nice, but having your water too hot can cause serious burns. Turn your water heater to a moderate temperature to avoid burning your family and friends.
Many people keep their medicine in the bathroom. This can be a temptation for young children, who put everything they find into their mouths. Make sure you keep your medicine out of the reach of children and use the safety caps at all times, even if you don’t always have children in the house.
Cleaners are often toxic and can cause serious injury. They should be kept in a safe place where children cannot reach them. Also, when using them, be sure to turn on a fan or open a window to avoid breathing the fumes, or opt for natural and safe cleaners instead.
Bathtubs are a huge danger in the bathroom. Young children should never bathe alone and older children should be checked on every so often. Having grab bars installed can help older people to avoid falling in the shower or tub. They can also be handy near the toilet to help people as they are sitting or standing. Keeping the floor clean and free of soap residue can also help you to avoid dangerous falls.
Kitchens are full of house danger for you and your guests. Being aware of the potential hazards can help you avoid many accidents.
Knives are a great tool, but they come at a high cost. They are shiny and attractive to young children and can be very dangerous. Keep knives out of children’s reach and in good condition. Avoid putting knives in drawers where you can easily cut yourself while rummaging through the drawer. Get rid of knives that have loose handles.
Stove tops, especially gas stoves, can easily catch loose clothing on fire. Be aware of the kind of clothes you wear when cooking and keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to quickly put out fires when they are still small. Never throw water on a grease fire. A lid is a much better option.
Cleaning chemicals, bug sprays, and other household chemicals are often stored in the kitchen. Make sure they are out of reach of children and stored away from food. You’d be surprised at how many accidents are caused by chemicals that kids found under the sink.
The dangers you don’t see are often the most serious. Having a separate cutting board for meat and vegetables can help you avoid cross contaminating your food. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital from a case of food poisoning. Make sure and keep food surfaces clean and avoid sharing surfaces for raw meat and poultry with vegetables. A little food safety can go a long way in protecting your family.
It may go without saying, but keeping the floors clean and free of spills can help you avoid slipping and falling. Since kitchens are busy places with a lot more spills happening, being vigilant about keeping the floors clean will drastically reduce your chances of accident or injury in the kitchen.
What You Can Do
Accidents happen. Though you can prevent many accidents through careful attention to these things, there will be times when someone gets hurt on your property. Having an insurance policy with enough coverage to protect your family if they get hurt or if someone else gets hurt on your property is crucial.
Find out how we can help you without having a bunch of insurance companies calling your home. Who has time for that? Let us do the work for you. It only takes a few minutes to call us. We can quickly assess your needs and find a plan that’s perfect for your family. Contact us today.