Our homes are havens. They are the place we feel most comfortable. Somewhere we can go to get away from the hustle of life. While at home, we can relax, be ourselves and know that we are safe.
Ways to Make your Home Safer
At least, that is the way it should be. But, this is not always the case. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, 38,300,000 Americans suffered injuries in their homes. These were injuries that required medical treatment. So, it is clear that we still need to take steps to reduce the risk of having accidents in the home.
If there are hazards that you can eliminate, for example, low lintels, signing them up is the best approach. You can easily order a “mind your head” sign from somewhere like mysafetysign.
You might also need a no running sign for around your pool or a slippery surface sign. Visible warnings like this really do make people stop and think. They are far more effective than you realise.
Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Sensors
If you have not already done so, install a couple of carbon monoxide sensors in your home. They can literally save lives. The same is true of smoke detectors.
Invest in Some Fire Extinguishers
It is really worth your while buying some large fire extinguishers for your home. Having at least one upstairs and another downstairs will give you a far better chance of getting out of your home in the event of a fire. The more you have the better. You should also have one in your kitchen and one that is close to wherever your boiler is situated.
Clean Up Trip Hazards
Every year, tripping over items and falling up or down the stairs leads to serious injuries and deaths. So, if you are in the habit of putting items that need to be taken down or upstairs on the side of a step, it is best to stop doing this. You also need to make sure you fix loose handrails and stairway floor coverings.
If you have loose rugs, invest in some grips or apply an anti-slip backing. Also, teach your children not to leave their toys lying around. If you have pets, play with them outside rather than in the house. That way you will not end up tripping over their toys too.
Make the Glass Doors in your Home Safer
Installing full-length glass doors in your home is a great way to let in plenty of natural light. It also brings you closer to nature.
But, you need to make sure that the glass used meets safety standards. It is also important to mark it in some way so people do not end up walking into it. You could do this using a decorative stained glass sticker. Or, use a sucker pad with a hook on it and hang a decorative item like a wind catcher from it.
Keep Home Invaders Out
Keeping home invaders out is something you also need to pay attention to. There is a lot you can do in this area. If you can afford to do so, install CCTV and an alarm. These will put most burglars off.
It is also worth upgrading your locks, particularly at the back of your house. This short YT video shows you an easy DIY way to reinforce the locks and handles on a set of French doors.
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