I am sure that everyone reading this article has smoke detectors throughout their home you might also have a number of other safety items; baby gates, handrails on staircases and non slip mats to make sure that your family is safe. Now, you might think that these things are all you need, but you would be wrong. Of course the products are essential but you should not think that your work ends there. You should keep up a good standard of safety practices to ensure that home safety is maintained.
Here are five suggestions from the experts at OSC for people that want to make their homes safer. The good news is that none of the following need you to buy new products, what they all do is ask you to follow some simple procedures and turn them in to a habit.
Test your smoke alarms, you should do it each and every month. Gather your family together and talk through the fire escape route with them, you should also practice after everyone is well drilled. The large majority of fatalities from house fires are caused by smoke inhalation, so making sure you have early warning signals and a clear evacuation plan are crucial.
Walk through the home
Walk slowly through your house and keep an eye out for where the most likely places are that people may trip or fall. The main culprits for this are baby placed rugs, posse wires, bad lighting on staircases and also a lot of clutter on your floor. People falling is the number one cause of accidents at home – it is essential to remove all hazards, especially if you have a young family or live with elder relatives.
Think about your habits in the kitchen
Ask yourself the following questions; Have you ever left the kitchen whilst cooking on the stove? Do you always make sure that you turn the pot handles round so they are facing the back of the stove? Do you make sure that you don’t leave hot drinks or dishes on tablecloths, to make sure young kids can’t pull them down and hurt themselves? In the kitchen each year there are over 250,000 injuries with burns and scalds, sticking to safe practices will go some way to making sure you’re not part of this statistic.