Although our homes are intimate spaces that we cherish, potential hazards might put us at risk of injury or harm. Being aware of the different unsafe habits and dangers that could arise at home will ensure better safety. Here are some guidelines to keep you safer at home.
How to Avoid Falls and Injury
Staying on your feet is more about being fit and having good reflexes. Weak muscles and joint stiffness can result in loss of balance.
For the right balance, take care of your health and fitness. Exercise and eat a good diet, and if you have a condition, get medication. Also, if your eyesight is fading, consider a medical solution. This also applies to your hearing. Get tests to find out if you need any aids or treatment.
Safety in the Kitchen
The kitchen has many potential hazards, including gas and electricity, running water, fire risk, and food poisoning. To prevent accidents, keep your kitchen layout simple for accessibility.
In case a pan or something catches fire, never throw water on it. Turn the heat off and leave the kitchen—dial 999 for assistance.
Also, have a fire extinguisher on standby to avoid using unconventional methods of putting out fires.
To prevent food poisoning, observe hygiene. Always clean your hands before handling food, and ensure food is cooked correctly to kill germs. Before you even prepare food, inspect the ingredients to ensure they are fresh or edible.
Gas, Solid Fuel, Fire, and Electrical Safety
Embrace measures to protect yourself against fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and electrical shock. Here are simple ideas you should consider:
Fit a smoke alarm in different areas of your home and test the alarms regularly, maybe once a month.
Don't leave appliances plugged at night unless they're designed for that purpose.
Plan an escape route and practice regularly.
Ensure your gas appliances are installed well and tested for leaks regularly. Also, install a carbon monoxide sensor. If you suspect a leak, open all doors and windows. If there’s a fire, call 999 for help.
For electrical safety, only buy appliances with a safety mark. Also, inspect plugs and sockets for damage. Water conducts electricity, so always keep all points near an electrical current dry.