Home safety is important for people of all ages. Since most accidents occur at home and many of them are preventable, it is important that your home is as safe as possible. Here are some helpful tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on making your home a safer place for everyone.
To help prevent falls:
- When using stairs, always grip the handrails. Keep stairs well lighted.
- Keep floors cleared and slip resistant. Remove loose carpets, cords, and
other items you could trip over. Be sure all rugs, mats, and other surfaces
- Install grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces in your bathroom.
- Use only stable step stools with a top handrail. Donít climb alone Ė have
someone nearby to help you.
- Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
- Be sure your telephones and emergency numbers are easily accessible Ė so
you can get help if you fall.
To help prevent fire deaths and injuries:
- Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on
every floor of your home.
- Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm outside every sleeping area.
- Donít smoke in bed.
- Keep space heaters away from flammable materials. Hire a professional to
check all fuel-burning appliances, including fireplaces, every year.
- Donít wear loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves near ranges or ovens.
Store combustibles away from these and all heat-producing appliances.
- Practice an emergency fire escape plan.
Hidden Home Hazards
The USCPSC cites the top 5 hidden home safety hazards:
- Recalled Products
- Windows & Coverings
- Pool & Spa Drains
Here are some additional resources on home safety: