How To: Make Your Home Safer

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Industry Observer

Creating a safe environment at home is important to prevent a guest or family member from suffering an accident. Follow these simple tips to keep your home safe and avoid an unfortunate accident.

Install Grab Bars in the Shower

The safety of your family and your guests in every room of your house is important, that includes the bathrooms. Installing grab bars in the shower will help prevent any slip and fall accidents, especially for older family members or loved ones. A grab bar will help to have something to hold onto in an area that is generally slippery and could lead to an accident.

Secure Rugs

Rugs throughout your home make it feel cozier and give it a personalized touch, however, they could also pose a safety risk and cause someone to trip and fall. Elderly people are most likely to suffer slip and fall accidents, so securing rugs will help prevent an elderly loved one from suffering an accident at your home. You can secure a rug by using area rug pads, rug grippers, or rug gripper tape. You can find most of these items at your local hardware or home décor store.

Install Handrails on Stairs

Protect family and guests from a fall accident by installing handrails in stairways. Elderly people are most likely to suffer from fall accidents, but anyone could trip and fall on the stairs, especially if there's nothing to hold onto or support yourself with. Visit your local hardware store and ask what type of handrails are the best fit for the stairs in your home.

Keep Cleaning Products Out of Reach

Cleaning products contain harmful chemicals and other ingredients that if ingested could cause serious injuries or even death. Keep cleaning products out of reach, especially from children. If you store them in a low cabinet in your kitchen or other room, install a child-proof lock or latch so small kids can’t get to them. Talk to your children about their dangers and how they shouldn’t be handled or ingested. Whenever you’re done using them, store them in their safe location again and try not to leave them out in the open where they can reach them. If a loved one ingests them, call 911 immediately to get medical attention and avoid serious or fatal injuries.

Store Sharp Objects Safely

Dangerous items such as knives, scissors, cleaning products, medication, other sharp tools, electric kitchen items could cause serious injuries if left in an open space where a child could easily reach them. Store all sharp kitchen objects where a child can’t get to them.

Reduce the Risk of a Fire or Burn Injury

Never leave a stove, clothing iron, candle, fireplace, or other heat sources unattended, especially when children are close. An unsupervised child near a stove could result in a devastating accident or could lead to a fire in your home. After using the stove, make sure you turn it off completely, never let children near a fireplace, make sure you blow out candles before leaving your house, and have a working fire extinguisher on hand in case of an accident. It’s also important to have an emergency plan in place in case there is a fire. If a loved one suffers a burn at home, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Install a Pool Cover

Installing a pool cover or a fence that completely surrounds a pool can help prevent a drowning accident. Pool covers and fences will prevent anyone, especially children, from entering or falling inside the pool. A pool cover should completely go over the entire surface, if you’re installing a fence or barrier outside the pool, make sure it completely surrounds it and is tall enough that children can’t climb over it. Make sure the fence’s locks or latches are always closed and locked when you’re not using the pool.

Am I Liable if Someone is Injured at My House?

If a guest was injured at your home or property, or if you suffer an accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim against the owner. A premises liability claim is a civil lawsuit that can hold a negligent property owner or controller accountable for a dangerous defect on their property that leads to the accident. Property owners have an obligation to keep their land or building in safe conditions for guests and visitors. If they neglected to inform a guest about a danger, or failed to repair a defect, then they may be held liable for an accident. In cases where the injured victim was a trespasser, the owner owes no duties of care.

Protect your guests and family members by following these tips and making sure your home is safe for everyone.

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