Safety Sign

In our homes, we enjoy the fact that we have a place to take refuge and protect us from the often uncomfortable elements of nature. While we enjoy the fact that we have a safe haven, this doesn’t mean that danger can’t find us within its walls. The risk of having an accident in your home that could cause serious consequences is always there, and you’re facing increased odds if you have young children in the home. In fact, there are many leading causes of childhood injury in the home including:

  • Choking
  • Suffocating
  • Poisoning
  • Falls

There are so many things just waiting to go wrong. While you can’t completely eliminate danger in your home, you can take measures to prevent it. There are three helpful tips you should consider employing that can decrease your chances of facing an injurious or even fatal accident.

1. Use Special Precautions in the Kitchen

Kitchen

It’s quite obvious that there are increased dangers in the kitchen. After all, there are a number of elements that can lead to problems such as fire, water, and small appliances. That’s why you should keep the possibilities in mind as you work in this highly-trafficked area of your home. There are a number of precautionary measures well worth taking into consideration including:

  • Turn off the burner if you need to leave the kitchen with pots and pans on the stove
  • Never leave kids alone in the kitchen
  • Turn handles on pots in toward the stove while cooking
  • Keep knives contained in a knife block
  • Keep heavy items close to the ground

2. Consideration for Firearm Storage and Safety

Canon Gun SafesWhen you own a firearm, you have a powerful tool to keep you and your loved ones safe. In the event someone ever infiltrated your home, just brandishing a gun is typically enough to scare bad guys away. However, that doesn’t change the fact that accidents can lead to injury or even death.

The manner in which you store your firearm is crucial. If you currently just keep yours hanging on the wall or stuffed away in a closet, you run a number of risks. From the possibility of a child getting a hold of it to a burglar using it against you in a robbery attempt and more, it’s easy to see how quickly this could be very dangerous for the entire family. There are a few storage tips that can help you make your home safer. Just a few of these include:

  • Make sure the safety is engaged when not in use.
  • Don’t keep the gun loaded.
  • Invest in a quality gun safe. It’s not hard to find one for under 1000 without compromising on quality.

Decrease Fire Hazards

Fire Hazard

Fire HazardIn 2007 alone, there were 7,847 house fire in Canada which resulted in 171 injuries and 37 agonizing deaths. It can happen when you least expect it, and this is largely because we like to think it will never happen to us. The trouble is, when the flames begin to quickly spread from one room to the next, it’s too late to do anything other than flee the home and wait for help to arrive. Now’s the time to take preventive measures such as:

  • Install smoke alarms. If you already have them, check them a couple times per month to ensure your batteries are good.
  • Keep at least one fire extinguisher readily available per every 3,000 square feet of your home. Furthermore, make sure everyone in your home is aware of how to use one.
  • Create a fire escape plan specific to the layout of your home and hold fire drills for the entire family to engage in to practice.
  • Refrain from smoking in the house.

Enjoying the Only Life You Have to Live

You only have one life to live, and you can often feel as though it’s slipping through your fingers as you spend long hours at the office and taking care of business. It’s estimated that the average 35 to 44-year-old only spends 4.1 hours engaged in leisurely activities. That’s just a measly 16 percent of your day. You deserve to enjoy the only life you have to live, and you should be able to achieve just that in the comfort of your home. When you follow these helpful tips, you can decrease dangers and prevent potentially serious accidents from occurring, allowing you to more easily kick back and relax.