5 Ways to Avoid Common Home Safety Hazards
You may be surprised at some of the dangers hiding in everyday homes. Most households have some overlooked safety hazards, from unsafe stairwells to mismanaged electrical cords. If you want to make your home safer, here are some of the best tips for avoiding all-too-common safety hazards.
Use Smart Tech to Monitor Air Quality
Smart technology home upgrades aren’t just for automating light switches and thermostats. Using smart sensors to detect changes in air quality can help you breathe easier, sleep better, and stay in good health.
For example, smart air purifiers can monitor all the airborne particles in your home and notify you of possible hazards like mold, dust, and fumes from cleaning agents. The air purifier will then use a filtration system to suck dirty air in and expel clean air back into the home. As an added perk, these appliances can also help make your home more energy efficient.
Anchor Furniture and Appliances to Prevent Tip-overs
If furniture or appliances tip over in your home, they can pose a major safety hazard, potentially causing severe injuries and property damage. Appliances that use water can even lead to electrocution or flooding if tipped.
Take steps to prevent furniture and appliance tip-overs by securing furniture and appliances to the wall, placing heavy items on lower shelves, and keeping drawers or cabinets closed.
Pay Careful Attention to Chemicals and Cleaners
Many household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can cause burns or respiratory problems if inhaled. To make cleaners safer, store them in secure cabinets and consider using labels to make organizing easy.
Remember that mixing cleaners can have dangerous results. When bleach and ammonia—two common household cleaners—are combined, they produce poisonous gas. Other chemicals in cleaners can also cause reactions that produce harmful fumes. Read labels carefully to avoid dangerous chemical reactions.
How to Make Stairs Safer
Many homeowners are unaware of the dangers stairs can pose in a home. To make stairs safer, try the following ideas:
- Installing handrails on both sides of the stairs
- Making sure the stairs are well-lit
- Placing a non-slip mat or strips on the steps
- Ensuring there is adequate space for people to walk up and down the stairs
These methods will help keep people from tripping, falling, or bumping into each other on the stairs—all of which can lead to injury.
Manage and Maintain Your Electrical Cords
Electrical cords can cause fires if not properly maintained—check to see if any of your electrical cords are in danger of overload. Use surge protectors to limit the power drawn by each appliance, and unplug electronics when not in use.
Damaged electrical cords can quickly spark and start a fire, so replace any damaged cords immediately. You should also avoid running cords under rugs or furniture, which can increase fire risk.
Stay Safe One Room at a Time
You might have a lot to do on your packing and moving checklist, but making your home safe doesn't have to be overwhelming. Start with these simple tips and work your way through your home one room at a time—being proactive means keeping your household safe and protecting your peace of mind.