5 Common Safety Hazards To Look Out For Around The House

5 Common Safety Hazards To Look Out For Around The House

Friday 15th October 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Although the home is supposed to be a safe place where you and your family are protected, each year accident and emergency A&E units deal with thousands of serious injuries and sometimes even fatal accidents which have occurred in the home. These accident don't just happen to children and the elderly either, anyone in the home can come into harm from things such as chemicals and choking to name a few. Furthermore, many of these accidents are preventable and dealing with a serious accident that could have been preventable can lead to a lifetime of guilt. That is why in today's blog, we have put together a list of 5 common safety hazards that you should look out for around your home to keep you and your family as safe as possible.

1. Falls
One of the leading causes of death when it comes to home accidents is falls. Falls make up a third of all fatalities in the home. Furthermore, the elderly are mostly affected by this type of accident. This is because when an elderly person falls the problems which are associated with the fall are often far more serious. You can minimise the risk of falls occurring by doing the following:
- Keep children safe from tumbling down staircases and steps by installing safety gates at both the bottom and the top. Ensure that you have good lighting over staircases and steps and that handrails are in place and are not only solid but also well maintained. For elderly people who have less mobility, a stairlift is a great idea.
- Anyone is susceptible to falling and the bathroom is one of the most common rooms in the home where falls occur. This is because they often have lots of slippery surfaces. To avoid this, showers should have rubber mats and towels or mats should be placed on the floor when getting out of the bath or shower. It is a good idea for the elderly to consider investing in hoists or seats to make showering and bathing safer. A waterproof medical alert devices is also a great investment.

2. Poisoning
Second to falling in terms of the leading cause of fatalities in the home is poisoning. Heartbreakingly, most of this statistic comes from curious young children. Below we have listed some ways in which you can prevent your child from serious injury from poisoning:
- Every cleaning product and harmful substance which is kept in the kitchen should be kept stored in cupboards, high up and out of the reach of small children. If this isn't an option though and they must be kept in lower cupboards, you should invest in inexpensive childproof locks.
- Paints and pesticides should be stored in garages and sheds that are locked and on high shelves, away from the reach of children.
- Monitor children in the kitchen and do not leave them unattended.
- Ensure that you label all unmarked containers and do not store harmful substances in food containers.

3. Carbon Monoxide
The silent killer in the home is Carbon Monoxide. This is because unlike gas, Carbon Monoxide cannot be detected by smell. There are however a few simple ways in which you can keep yourself and your family safe from Carbon Monoxide in the home:
- Ensure that you have Carbon Monoxide detectors around your home which are fully operational and regularly tested.
- Check that your heaters are checked annually to prevent danger from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

4. Fire Hazards
Fire is one of the most destructive and fatal things that can happen to a home. Fires can not only cause loss of property, serious and sometimes life changing injuries but also the loss of life. There are however some key things that you can do to prevent fire in the home:
- Ensure that you have smoke detectors installed in your kitchen, bedrooms and basement.
- Test your alarms monthly and ensure that you replace the batteries twice a year or as soon as the alarm alerts you.
- Be careful when you are cooking and never leave a pan of oil for deep-frying unattended. In the instance that a pan catches fire, use a damp tea towel to deal with the flames or a fire blanket. Never use water to put out the flames.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Never overload plug sockets and outlets.
- Have a fire safety plan and make everyone in your household aware of it.
- Have your electrical wiring tested by a qualified electrician.

5. Choking
Choking is a hazard in the home, especially for small children as children have a tendency to put small objects in their mouths and aren't aware of the dangers that this can pose.

There are some simple steps that you can follow to keep your child safe and they are as follows:
Always keep an eye on small children
- Learn First Aid to know how to help your child, should they choke.
- Cut up food into small and manageable pieces.
If you are interested in learning First Aid or paediatric First Aid, why not get in touch as we would love to hear from you!