Your house should be a place for you to escape from your job and the hardships of the world outside. Unfortunately, your home can be a dangerous place if you’re unprepared. Many people think that a solid door and some good locks are enough to keep their family safe, but most of the dangers in the home are far less insidious than a masked man looking to grab your valuables.
There are things already in your home that are far more dangerous than masked men, but a few simple considerations will help you keep your family and house safe.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported that, in America, poisoning was the leading cause of unintentional death in 2011. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to prevent poisoning in your home.
- Medication – Only take medications prescribed to you, and keep all medicines in their original containers.
- Household Cleaners – Store all of your cleaning products in safe places — locked or out of reach of children — and don’t ever mix two cleaning products together.
- Carbon Monoxide – Have your furnace, fireplace, and appliances checked to make sure they are working properly, and install a carbon monoxide alarm.
If someone is poisoned and unconscious, call 911. If the victim is awake and alert, dial 1-800-222-1222. Try to have the victim’s weight, the container of the poison, the time of the exposure, and the address where the poisoning occurred available.
While the number of unintentional fires in the home is decreasing, there are still far too many deaths that occur because of house fires. Fortunately, some simple steps make them easily preventable.
- Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Forty percent of unintentional fires happen in the kitchen.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your house, and check them once a month.
- Don’t grill on your porch if it is made of wood. The exhaust from the grill can easily light the wood or paneling of your home on fire if it is too close.
- Keep all of your candles a foot away from anything flammable and blow them out before you leave the room.
Sixty percent of civilian deaths in house fires happen in homes without working fire alarms. The most important step you can take to keep your home safe from fires is to check your alarms, and replace the batteries yearly.
Having a person come in to your home to steal your valuables and potentially hurt your family has got to be one of the most nerve-wrecking ideas. Luckily, it can be easy and cheap to prevent a robber from even wanting to enter your home. Robbers are generally looking for easy targets, so it’s important to make your home at least look like it is secure.
- Install an audible security system in your house. There’s nothing like a loud noise alerting the robber that you know he is there.
- Plant rose bushes or other thorny bushes in front of the windows on your first floor to make it difficult to enter through them.
- If you don’t have the money for a full security system, purchase some inexpensive fake security cameras and install them around your house.
- Get a decal from a security company and place it somewhere visible on your front and back door. The decal alone could make a robber think twice about entering your home.
Around 3.7 million burglaries occur each year. More often than not the offenders are someone the victim knew (65%). Keep your passcodes private and become friends with your neighbors — they can help watch your house for anything unusual while you are away.
Prevent Unintentional Falls
As you get older, the chance that you will get injured while falling in your home skyrockets. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to prevent this from happening to the senior living at home.
- Install railings near stairs and in the shower.
- Purchase sticky pads to attach to your rugs and furniture to prevent slipping.
- Put runners on your stairs to help with grip while walking down them.
Make sure to buy your parents or grandparents Life Alert, or something similar to it. This will give them a simple way of asking for help if something happens to them while they are alone in the house.
If you have children, especially ages one to four, drowning is one of the most common ways for them to get injured or die at home. With some precautions it is possible to negate the chances of this significantly.
- Never leave your children unattended around bodies of water.
- Install railings around the edge of your pool.
- Teach your children to swim at an early age. They’ll take to it like fish and be more safe as a result.
Children can drown in less than one inch of water. It is important for every parent to know CPR and rescue breathing. Remember, if it is your house, it is your responsibility to make sure that an adult is supervising, and that they know what to do in the worst case scenario.
Your Home is Your Fortress
Hopefully you will never experience any of this in your home. Unfortunately, there is no way to know when an accident could happen. Plan well and prepare your home to make it your fortress, a place where you can relax and enjoy life.