Tips for Making Your Home Safer: Part II

October 28, 2013

Here’s part two of our tips for making your home a safer, more comfortable place.

1. Poisoning

Be sure that all of your medications out of reach and/or in a cabinet that is locked. Additionally, household chemicals and cleaners should be out of reach of children. It’s also best practice to have the Poison Control hotline’s phone number in an easily seen area.

2. Identify where trips/falls are likely

Walk through your home in search of loose rugs, wires, poorly lit staircases, and clutter on the floor. Falls are the leading cause of injuries at home and taking time to eliminate hazards will go a long way to making your family safe. This is especially helpful if you have children or older adults living in your home.

3. Make a First Aid kit

Here are the basic components of a First Aid kit:

  • Bandages, gauze, cloth items
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Antiseptic pads
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Instant cold compress

4. Invest in a water filter

Drinking tap water is usually perfectly healthy, but adding a filter to your tap can never hurt. A point-of-use water filter (one that attaches to your faucet) eliminates lead, chlorine and other bacterial contaminants that can be harmful to your body. It’s also a cheaper alternative to buying bottled water.

5. Check and protect for lead

If your home was built before 1978, you should know what federal guidelines are in place to prevent lead contamination. See our guide to lead safety here.

Research from the Home Safety Council shows that the most likely safety concerns in the home include slips and falls, fires and burns, and poisonings. The Home Safety Council.org website is set up nicely so if you have children, you can click on a specific age group to get safety checklists and advice. They also have an option for safety tips for children with special needs. While the site is set up primarily for children, this is certainly applicable to safety for everyone.

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