National Safe at Home Week: Are You Prepared?
With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, it's important to prevent accidents by making sure your property is as safe as possible. In the spirit of National Safe at Home Week (the last week in August), here are some tips for keeping your home and yard safe.
Cook wisely – The kitchen can be a danger zone for both kids and adults, so take time to observe the following precautions:
Be aware of dangers in the bathroom – Common bathroom accidents include electrocution and falls. To prevent these injuries, make sure hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors are used away from water sources and are unplugged when not in use. Add nonslip rugs and bath mats to prevent slipping on wet floors.
- All flammable objects are stored far away from stove tops, ovens and toasters.
- Cleaning solutions are kept separately from food storage and out of the reach of young children and pets.
- Sharp utensils or heavy objects, such as knives and pots/pans, are put away when not in use. When on the stove, make sure pot handles are turned away from the edge of the counter.
Prevent falls – Falls are the No. 1 cause of home injuries for all ages as well as the leading cause of fatal accidents for people over 65, according to SureWise.com. To help prevent these dangers, keep your floors clean and dry, install stable railings on all staircases, and make sure you have proper lighting throughout your home.
Don't forget about your yard – Keep outdoor areas safe by maintaining fences and gates, making sure pools are gated and locked at all times, and placing the grill at a safe distance from trees, decks and outdoor furniture.
Stock Up Your First-Aid Kit
Injuries and other types of emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime, which is why it's important to have quick access to first-aid supplies both at home and in your car. Several important items to keep on hand include:
Find an in-depth list from The American Red Cross at RedCross.org.
- Absorbent compress dressings
- Adhesive bandages
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Sterile gauze
- Cold compress
- Latex-free gloves
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Digital thermometer
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