More than 3.4 million people experience an unintentional household injury every year.
A shocker, as your home should be where you and your family feel your safest.
According to A Secure Life, common problems that lead to home injuries are falls, poisonings, household fires, and more.
These are problems you can face during everyday life.
Safety is key, and we’re going to show you how to make your home as safe as a bunker!
Or…well… as safe as possible.
Watch Your Step!
Falls are the number one cause of injuries for seniors, according to EveryDay Health.
But it’s not just seniors who fall. It’s all of us.
Anybody here extra clumsy? Well, this section is for you.
Here’s how to keep your feet on the floor and not flying in the air!
One, make sure your rugs have rubber backing.
Have you ever came across a corner of the rug that has accidentally flipped up?
Were you able to successfully walk over it like you knew it was there?
Most likely, not.
You tripped, and it wasn’t pretty. And yes, sorry, the whole family saw it.
This can be avoided with a simple rubber backing or a secure hold on the floor.
Simple, yet safe!
Two, lighting is key. Good lighting is the number one tip to prevent falls, according to NCOA.
There should be light switches right when you enter your home, and if there aren’t any, a tall standing lamp will do the trick.
Keep lamps and lights right next to your bed, within arms reach. Make it easy to light your path before and after you get out of bed.
Don’t have one of these? Check out our Studio Design Inc. Retro Lamp at MassGenie.
We say, go to the light! Not away from it.
Third, clutter is not fun. And it’s definitely not safe.
If you’re not tripping on a rug, you’re most likely tripping on the next best thing- clutter.
By cleaning up after yourself, you are making your home safer.
We know, this is easier said than done when you have littles running around.
An idea- make a game of it! Whoever puts their toys away gets desert.
Or dinner, whichever you choose.
It takes just the wrong pressure, joint, and bone to hit the floor to make a fall extremely dangerous.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Don’t Eat That!
Poison control centers across the country get more than two million calls a year about potential exposure to poisons, according to WebMD.
Almost all of these poisonings take place in homes and a very large percentage are children between one and four.
Common poisons are medicines, carbon monoxide, household products, chemicals, art supplies, food, and more.
Keep all medicines and dangerous products locked up or properly disposed of.
Child locks are key, even if you don’t have children!
Carbon monoxide detectors will help you maintain a healthy home atmosphere.
Place these near bedrooms and close to furnaces. We have one perfect for your home at MassGenie.
Did you see food was on the list?
Yes, food that has not been properly refrigerated or frozen is dangerous to consume.
Also, simple things like making sure your hands are washed and using clean utensils will stop the spread of contamination.
Be clean and avoid contamination!
And don’t eat anything you’re not supposed to.
Smokey Cares about Your Home, Too
This statistic you should know- Smoking inside the house is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.
And if you do smoke, do it outside the house and in a safe area.
Besides smoking, top causes for home fires are cooking, heating, electrical malfunction, and clothes dryers.
Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
No, this isn’t an excuse to order take out every night.
These fires are mostly due to unattended cooking.
A couple things to keep in mind of when you’re in the kitchen: Be alert, don’t keep anything that can catch fire near the stove, always remain by your food while cooking, and keep splattering oil down to a minimum.
A good tip- know where you fire extinguisher is and how to use it!
Between 2009-2013, 84% of home heating fire deaths and 40% of all home heating fires were caused by improper use of space heaters, according to Today.
Keep all burning products away from heating equipment, have all your heating equipment clean and inspected every year, and always use the recommended fuel.
Follow instructions when dealing with heating equipment!
Electrical fires are rare compared to other home fires, but preventing these are just as important.
The lower the quality of electrical panels, the more frequently they should be checked. It’s known that they become faulty over time.
Always hire professionals when it comes to adding new lights and fans.
We all love the handyman, but for electrical installations, wiring, and inspections, it will be safer to hire a professional.
Remember, only YOU can prevent home fires!
Keep the Uninvited Out
Your home is now safe- everything is properly installed, all poisons are locked up and properly disposed of, and you are not trippin’!
But what about the things we can’t control?
According the the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each year.
Don’t be scared, be prepared!
They’re a few things that may prevent a home invasion.
One, look like you are home.
Many home invasions occur because the criminal didn’t know someone was home.
Keep your exterior lights on and use motion detecting flood lights around your home.
Investing in security cameras is ideal, although some of us don’t have quite the budget for those.
Make those criminals think twice before they enter your yard!
All windows and doors should be locked at all times. Don’t make it easy for the uninvited to get in.
Consider sharp or noisy plants and hedges to be planted around your windows and access areas.
YouTube videos for getting out of restraints and picking locks. It’s amazing what you will find on YouTube!
Go back to the basics- your front door!
Make sure your front door is surveillanced and protected.
The Nest Smart Video Doorbell doesn’t only let you know who’s at the door without being anywhere near it, but it also provides you video to see who your guest is.
Hopefully, it’s just Uncle Bob and you don’t have anything to worry about!
But it could be the pizza delivery guy, when you didn’t order pizza.
Be smart. Be prepared. And always think outside the box!
Yes, we’re talking about the big box you call home!
You Can Rest Easy
Education is key, and we hope these tips will help you sleep longer at night.
And make you more aware during the day!
Remember to prevent falls, avoid poisons and bad food, prevent home fires and burns, and keep the unexpected company away from your household.
Sometimes, a little reminder goes a long way.
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