When we’re at home, we tend to drop our guard a lot when it comes to safety. This is, perhaps, because it’s a familiar environment that we associate with comfort and safety, not danger and risk. It’s not that most homes are very dangerous places – it’s just that, like anywhere, there are risks. How could there not be? So it makes sense to try to mitigate those risks as much as possible to prevent injuries from occurring in the home. So what kind of injuries occur and what are the best ways to prevent them?
One of the most common types of accidents which happen in the home is falling. This is obviously more likely to result in injury if the person falls from a great height or on to a particularly hard surface. Carpets and rugs can soften a landing, but are often partly to blame for the fall in the first place.
There are a number of ways to prevent falls from happing in the home. If you don’t already have them, install hand rails on staircases and other areas where people may not be all that stable. Hand rails around the bathroom are a great idea. The combination of soap, water and a hard floor often leads to nasty injuries in the bathroom. In smaller bathrooms, where sinks, toilets and radiators are close together, the risk of serious injury is increased greatly as a person could bang their head on the basin as they fall. Being able to quickly grab on to a handrail may enable them to effectively break their fall and save their head from a bashing.
Apart from putting up hand rails, make sure that any carpets are correctly secured down, especially on staircases. Don’t put rugs anywhere near staircases as people can easily trip or slip on them. Even on flat surfaces they can be hazardous so make sure that they are not hidden in any way. Put down rubber mats in the bathroom, where people will be walking barefoot on a slippery, wet floor otherwise. The rubber mats will help them to find some grip. After you wash other tiled or hard surfaces, make sure the floor is dry before you allow people to walk on it again.
It’s important to have good lighting all around your house. Not only does this save you and your family members from straining, and damaging, your eyesight, but it makes it easier to see where you are going, so that you are less likely to trip and fall. Good lighting is especially important wherever there are steps, including at the front and back doors.
Keeping your house tidy is also important in preventing accidents. The last thing you want to encounter as you descend the stairs are children’s toy cars or a tool kit of screwdrivers, nails, hammers and so on.
Make sure your pipes and wiring are up to current safety standards in order to reduce the risk of leakages or fires. Place smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors around the house strategically. Ensure that your home has at least two exits in case of emergency, and that there is at least one on each floor, in case the staircase is blocked. Have a fire emergency evacuation plan and drill your family on a regular basis. It’s better to put up with their scowls and moans at 3 a.m. on a winter morning than to having to watch helplessly as firefighters search for them in the smoke and flames someday.
Other injuries, which might not be so obvious at first, come about through repetitive strain and poor posture. Make sure that your TV is at a suitable distance and height from the sofa and the floor. If you regularly use a computer, put it on a desk, not your knee, and choose a suitable office-style chair. This website explains here about the benefits of choosing a good quality chair.
Lastly, always take care when cooking, ironing clothes and performing other regular household chores. Household appliances are very powerful machines and things can go wrong very quickly. Just because you’ve done it 1000 times without having an accident, doesn’t mean it won’t happen the 1001st time!