If you ask people where they feel safest in the world, most will reply that the place that makes them feel safer than anywhere else is their home. They turn the lights on, lock the doors, close the curtains and snuggle up in front of the television, safe from all the danger out there on the news. It would surprise most people to learn that the home is actually one of the places we are most likely to injure ourselves or even die.

It’s not enough to simply lock your doors and think ‘I’m safe now’. You have to be smart and try to make your home accident proof. Here are some simple tips which many of us overlook:

The kitchen is one of the most hazardous areas in the house. Have you ensured that all dangerous utensils – those with sharp blades and prongs are safely stored away and are out of the reach of children? Does your oven door lock when it’s hot? Do you use high chairs on a hard surface? This can be dangerous – if the surface becomes wet, the legs of the high chair could slip. If it tumbles over, your child will have a hard landing due to the hard surface.

Another thing to look out for in the kitchen is that you place your pan handles inward, as they could easily be knocked off as people move past, spilling boiling water or sauces on them. Pan fires are a major hazard in the kitchen. Ensure that anyone who is in the kitchen knows how to deal with them. Keep towels nearby that can be moistened and thrown on the fire to deprive it of oxygen. Consider keeping a foam fire extinguisher in the house and training up your family on how to use it.

We all know the bathroom can be dangerous too, but we often forget about the potential for scalding. Check that the thermostat isn’t set too high. Keep your shaving and grooming equipment in a safe place. Don’t pick up razors by the blade – a sharp razor will cut through your skin before you even feel it. Try to eliminate electrical sockets from the bathroom completely. Use cordless hair dryers and electric razors. You can use rechargeable batteries. Medicine is often kept in the bathroom. This should be kept in a locked cupboard. Even when placed out of reach, curious kids may think they have stumbled on a secret stash of candies if they find it. This could result in a tragic misadventure.

If you have a home gym or a workshop, the best thing to do is lock it off separately. Heavy and powerful machines, power saws and similar equipment should only be accessible by those who are capable of using them. For smaller gym equipment, read up on safety tips at Indoor Ellipticals to learn how to maintain and keep your machine safe.

Make sure all fittings and appliances are securely fitted and are not at risk of falling down and potentially hurting someone. Strengthened windows will not break easily – reducing the risk of trauma injuries and those sustained from shards of broken glass.

Stairways should have a fixed railing that children and adults alike can use. The whole area should be kept free of toys and any other obstacles that could cause someone to slip and fall.

Firearms and ammunition should be stored separately, locked and hidden from view. If you sleep with a firearm close at hand, remember to lock it away when you are not in the bedroom or you leave the house. Firearm thefts are a major reason for house burglaries.

Keep a first aid kit in your house and ensure that family members are competent in first aid skills such as CPR, treating burns and stopping someone from choking. Ensure that you have a plan for dealing with medical emergencies. Likewise, make sure your family members are all up to speed with agreed procedures for evacuating the house in case of fire. You should have at the very minimum two potential exits on each floor of the house.

Communicate with your family members – if anyone notices something that needs to be fixed such as loose wires or cracks appearing, fix them as soon as possible.

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If you ask people where they feel safest in the world, most will reply that the place that makes them feel safer than anywhere else is their home. They turn the lights on, lock the doors, close the curtains and snuggle up in front of the television, safe from...