Most of us consider our home to be a safe haven away from the dangers of the outside world. After a hard stressful day at work, we look forward to getting home to kick back and relax with our loved ones. However, have you given some serious thought to how safe is your home really?
You may or may not be aware of all the potential hidden dangers that lurk in plain sight that could cause damage, bodily injury, or even death.
We know that safe-proofing your home is of the utmost importance to you because accidents happen all the time.
Today you’re going to learn 15 tips that can help you ensure safety in each room in your home.
Let’s get started…
Safe-Proofing the Kitchen
Tip 1: Keep flammable objects away from the stove. Do not let oven mitts, paper towels, and etc. come into contact with the hot pots and pans or the burners.
Tip 2: Use cleaning products with caution. Ensure that you do not put the cleaning products within reach of your children. Keep them out of reach so they cannot accidentally poison themselves. You may consider using natural eco-friendly cleaning products.
Tip 3: Never leave sharp objects and tools unattended in a place where little hands can reach them.
Tip 4: Ensure that all electrical cords are kept away from water and flammable objects like curtains and hand towels. The cords could overheat and catch fire.
Tip 5: Ensure that your appliances are getting the proper ventilation. You can do this by keeping them away from other objects and regularly vacuuming out the back and underneath of your appliances.
Safe-Proofing the Bathroom
Tip 6: Just like in the kitchen, ensure that all cords are kept away from water. Water and electricity do not mix and can cause an electrical fire. Remember, water is a conductor of electricity.
Tip 7: Use non-slip floor mats. The shower floor can be slippery when wet. By using a non-slip floor mat you are protecting you and your family from slip and fall accidents.
Tip 8: Like in the kitchen, keep cleaning supplies locked up and out of reach of small children to prevent accidental poisoning.
Safe-Proofing the Bedroom
Tip 9: Never smoke in your bedroom, or anywhere in your home. Flammable objects could catch fire from your cigarette and destroy your home and belongings. Also, the smoke which contains toxic chemicals from cigarettes becomes embedded into soft surfaces such as clothing, curtains, carpets, sofas, and etc. These chemicals can be harmful to you and your loved ones.
Tip 10: Purchase a mattress that is flame resistant. If a fire breaks out in your bedroom, then you want to be protected and allow yourself the time you need to figure out your escape route and get out of your home. Don’t forget to install several smoke detectors through your home that works in unison.
Tip 11: You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. To ensure your safety in case someone was to come into your home, keep a phone and light by your bed. A home security system would be a great first line of defense with the exception of a dog to help prevent intrusion.
Safe-Proofing the Yard
Tip 12: To ensure the safety of your pets and kids, surround your yard with a fence if permitted in your neighborhood. Take your time with the fence selection, because you want it to compliment your home especially in the front to help boost its curb appeal.
Tip 13: If you have a pool, make sure that it’s covered and fenced in. This will protect your kids from any risk of falling in and drowning. Having an alarm on the fence or the door leading out to your pool will alert you of any possible security breaches by your children so you know where they are and can prevent accidents.
Safe-Proofing the Garage
Tip 14: Keep any harmful substances you store in the garage out of the reach of your children and pets.
Tip 15: Keep the space clean and organized. Ensure that there aren’t sharp objects that are out in the open and in easy reach of your children and pets.
Your home is a place to live and relax in, so you and your loved ones should feel safe there at all times. To ensure that you achieve the highest degree of safety within your home, apply the 15 Home Safety Tips That Can Protect Your Family and do what you think is right for your home.
All homes and families are different, so there will be different ways of keeping each other safe. There are companies that you can hire to come in and evaluate your home to make sure you don’t have any holes in your safety armor.
Remember, your home is your safe haven away from the outside world, so do your absolute best to make adjustments to protect you and your family from potential dangers.
Good luck on your home safe-proofing journey!