Home is supposed to be a safe place. It’s where your kids and family can enjoy their time together, relax, and play. It’s where yo go to unwind after work. So it’s important to keep this place of refuge safe for everyone. This is not a difficult task, but you need to be aware of dangers to your children or your family so you can take preventative measures to insure their safety.
Here are a few areas of danger for you to consider:
1) Firearms in the home. Make sure all your firearms are stored in a locked cabinet, especially if you have kids around. At the very least have locks in place to prevent accidental firing. If you are a gun enthusiast, take the time to educate your kids on the proper use of a firearm.
2) Medications should be kept out of reach and out of sight from children. Even with a safety cap in place, there is still the opportunity for an accident. So take the time to keep them away from children and others who do not need to come in contact with medications.
3) Keep batteries out of reach of children, especially the small lithium batteries found in remote controls, greeting cards, watches, scales, etc. Keep regualr batteries stored in a locked or safe place. This is such a problem, there is actually a Battery Ingestion Hotline – (202) 625-3333.. You may want to keep this number handy in your phone or somewhere you will be able to find it quickly.
4) Keep doorways, driveway, entryways, steps, and other areas free from clutter or anything that could cause someone to slip and fall. Falls are the second leading cause of death in homes. Check out the National Safety Council website on Safety at Home.
5) Fires and burns are the third leading cause of death in homes. This is an area where you really need to have a plan. You should have an evacuation plan and a place for everyone to met outside after everyone is out of the house in case of a fire.
These are just a few tips for yo to consider when trying to make you home safer. Let me know if you have any other tips you would like to share.