Choking and Suffocation Hazards
The majority of choking and suffocation accidents involve children but they are not the only one's at risk. While choking accidents are most often related to food, there are an array of other choking and suffocation hazards around the home. To minimize risk, be cautious when purchasing children's toys that have a lot of small pieces and try not to leave any small, eye-catching items in the reach of small children. You can reduce the risk of accidental suffocation by tying window blind cords and telephone cords out of the reach of children and by monitoring their activity around potentially dangerous items like elastic headbands and trash bag drawstrings.
Fire is another household hazard that kills many people unexpectedly each year. There are areas in the home that are more prone to fire hazards than others. Taking a few extra safety precautions can effectively reduce your family's risk of being injured in a house fire. The easiest thing you can do to ensure your safety is to have smoke alarms installed in all bedrooms, hallways and large open areas of your home. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms regularly and replace your units as needed. Also, avoid electrical fires by using surge protectors to prevent overloading your circuits. Families should talk about household fire dangers and together create an emergency plan that includes multiple exits and a safe meeting place to help cut down on fear and confusion in the event of a fire.
Falling injuries and accidents can occur anywhere in the home and can result in death in some situations. While some falls cannot be helped, there are a number of precautions you can take to help reduce the risk of falling accidents in your home. One of the easiest ways to prevent falls is to eradicate tripping hazards in the home. Keep floors, walkways and stairways clear of debris, cords and toys. Installing night-lights or touch lights near staircases and in dark areas will increase visibility and help reduce the risk of falls. Also, consider purchasing textured, nonslip surface mats for bathtubs and showers to prevent accidents.
Typically, young children are most prone to an accidental poisoning, but they are not the only ones at risk. Older children and adults can easily become victims if we are careless with the storage of potentially hazardous substances in the home. Reduce the probability that your family will be affected by poisoning hazards by always keeping cleaning substances, medicines and household chemicals in their original, labeled containers for easy identification. Invest in a number of child locks that you can easily install on cabinets where medicines and chemicals are stored to prevent accidental poisoning in curious children. Making the decision to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and garage also is a valuable precautionary step to prevent accidental poisoning from harmful gases and fumes.