10 Safety Hazards to Watch Out for Around the House

“Taking care of your family and home is certainly important and safety is a key component to creating a warm home where your family can thrive. Unfortunately, there are a number of safety hazards hiding in plain sight throughout your home. But, don’t worry, you can fix these concerns pretty easily. To make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family safe, here are the 10 most common safety hazards in the home, along with things you can do to avoid injury and stay out of harm’s way.”

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1. Falls

Whether its slipping on a wet floor after a shower or falling down the stairs, injuries due to falls are one of the most common household hazards.

Steps to take to minimize the risks:

  • Staircases: Make sure all staircases have solid handrails, adequate lighting, and safety gates if there are small children in the home.
  • Bathrooms: Secure rugs to avoid slipping and pooling of water on slick surfaces. Make sure showers and bathtubs have safety rails to assist family members old and young in safely getting in and out.

    2. Fire Hazards

    Everything from candles to an unattended iron could lead to an accidental fire in your home, but there is a lot you can do to prevent a fire from starting.

    Steps to take to minimize the risks:

    • Fire Alarms: Make sure fire alarms are installed on all levels, and regularly check and change the batteries to make sure you’ll have adequate warning in the unlikely event there is a fire.
    • Candles: Never leave candles unattended or near loose cloth like drapes or throw pillows.
    • Appliances and Outlets: Make sure that all appliances are in good working order and that no wires are frayed. Don’t overload electrical outlets, in fact it’s smart practice to unplug small appliances like toasters when not in use.

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