Domestic accidents and how to prevent them
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen at any time. What may come as a surprise to most people is that the most common injuries and the most frequent accidents take place at home or around the house. For this reason, you have to make sure you know and understand the dangers in your home, in order to prevent them. Raising awareness about potential hazards can protect your family from harm, especially since small kids and elderly individuals are considered the most exposed to domestic injuries. There are so many things that could happen and some of them can cause serious health damages, which is why building a safe environment is the best you can do. Here are some of the most common situations you need to avoid:
Falling down the stairs
At first glance, this may seem like something hilarious, but it is a really dangerous accident. Falling down the stairs can cause severe injuries such as deep contusions, spinal cord damage, back and neck dislocation and even internal organ damage. This means that if you have an interior stair case, then you need to pay extra attention. Uneven stairs, cracked tiles, inadequate handrails, slippery surfaces or poor lighting are only some of the causes of this type of domestic accident. In order to prevent falls, you should make the most risky surfaces non-slippery: you can either put a rug on it, or invest in materials that are rough and adherent. Besides that, remember to always leave a light on near the stairs, even the ones that are outdoor. Speaking of which, remember that during winter, these can become even more dangerous, because of snow and ice. And since you are the one responsible for keeping them in good shape and you are liable for any damage, you must avoid accidents of any sort.
Fire and heating accidents
Having a fireplace is definitely quite elegant and cozy, but think twice before having one installed in your living room. Very often, chimney damage or poorly installed gas system can transform your beautiful asset into a real head ache. For this reason, if you do opt for a fireplace as a heating instrument and central décor in your house, make sure it is flawlessly installed and maintained. Look for safety standards and respect them diligently, because any irregularity can lead to an actual catastrophe. Never block air vents and outside grilles by covering or resting objects against them, have regular checkups (at least once a year) and call a competent contractor in case you suspect any gas leaks.
Hazards involving chemical solutions
Unfortunately, more than 80% of poison exposure cases registered by authorities happen at home. Substances such as medicines, vitamins, cleaning products, and even certain compounds of plants can be fatal. So you should pay a lot of attention when it comes to using and storing them. Make sure you keep them out of reach, especially if you have children wandering around the house. Buy wisely, checking the ingredients, check for instructions, know your solutions and store them appropriately.