Do you know that accidents are the third most common cause of death in the US? Approximately 170,000 people die every year due to accidents, and household injuries cause 75% of them.
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Yes! You read it correctly. Have you ever thought that the place you imagined to be the safest of all is actually very dangerous? No, right? In fact, how can you? It’s the place where you have created millions of memories. How can it cause any threat to your life? Sadly! The harsh truth is that it does.
But how? The answer to this question is falling/tripping, fire/burns, getting stabbed (unintentionally), and many others. Even the slightest of carelessness can lead to a severe injury. Moreover, if you have kids or elders in your house, its safety becomes more crucial.
Perhaps that’s the reason why the National Safety Council and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are focusing on educating people about the prevention measures. That being said, what are the prevention measures that can contribute to the safety of you and your loved ones?
You might agree with us that every person owns a different house. The amenities, gadgets, and interior items of the house vary according to the property’s size and market price. Taking the same into consideration, the threats of household injuries and their measures also vary. Yet, there are a few measures that are applicable for all.
Are you curious to know what these are? If yes, then our dear reader, keep on scrolling!
Keep the Sharp tools away from children.
Having kids in the home is very pleasing. They create a vibrant atmosphere everywhere and have the magic to uplift your mood in an instant. Don’t you agree? Nonetheless, these little ones are also curious. They’ll ask you several questions, won’t listen to you and of course, will try to use the kitchen equipment.
No matter how much you warn them, if they are curious to know something, they’ll try everything in their power to know it. That means they will go to the kitchen and try to play with the knife, slicer, and kitchen scissors. And in this process, they can get hurt. Thus, you should keep all these sharp tools away from them.
Tip: Take the advantage of their height, and keep all these objects at top counters.
Install smoke detectors for protection against fire
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, in 2018, more than 1 million (1,318,500 to be exact) deaths were caused by fire. That is the reason why you should install a smoke detector in your house. It will warn you in the event of a fire so that you can timely protect yourself and your family.
If you already have a smoke detector, ensure that it is not broken or obsolete. If required, replace your alarm or upgrade it. However, ensure that the person is following the NFPA 72 (The National Fire Prevention Association) fire code while installing the smoke detector.
Ensure proper working of the electrical system
You use plenty of electrical equipment every day. It can be a hairdryer or a vacuum cleaner. You use them to do your work efficiently. Nonetheless, for the appliances to work, it is crucial that your Main Electrical Panel is working properly. It helps in the distribution of electricity throughout the house. So ensure that the wiring is done properly, circuit breakers are correctly installed, and the panel is upgraded.
Otherwise, the chances are that the electrical panel will fail, causing severe damage. Thus, you should get in contact with qualified electrical experts to ensure the safety of your home.
Say hello to a bright home.
Not every household accident is unintentional. Some people are involved in criminal activities, namely burglary. To protect your home from them, you should improve the lighting. A bright home creates a positive vibe and also indicates that people are present in the house.
Along with the interiors, try to brighten up the outdoor of your home as well. Along with protecting against theft, it will enhance the curb appeal of your home.
Keep your first aid kit prepared.
Lastly, you can’t control every accident and injury, especially those happening due to tripping or falling. However, if you have a fully prepared first aid kit, you can minimize the effect of such injuries. Believe it or not, but your first aid kit can turn into a lifesaver.
The Bottom Line
Life is unpredictable. You never know what is going to happen the very next second. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared for it. Your home is the safest place, and you should amplify its safety with the help of the measures mentioned above.