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Taking standard precautions to avoid home hazards

by Aishwarya Gaikwad
Taking standard precautions to avoid home hazards

While home injuries are a horrible experience, they can be avoided if people exercise standard precautions every day. Everything really begins with little steps. The basic yet important steps taken to avoid any hazard is by installing detectors like motion sensors, Smoke alarms, etc. 

  • Neat housekeeping: The term “safety housekeeping” applies to the practice of keeping small safety risks at bay while following specific safety procedures. The following are a few good precautions in place to take. To begin, keep trash out of the way of doors, walkways, and stairs, and make absolutely sure all cables are out of the way of movement to prevent trips. Place them where they’ll be easily accessed, or just use a ladder to access them securely, and lock drawers, shelves, and kitchen cabinets and is not in use. If people have various hazardous solvents or pesticides in the household, ensure they are kept safely and securely. When not in service, switch off or unplug devices in the house.
  • Home security: Possible future security risks are one of the most alarming dangers that can come with owning a home. Fires, earthquakes, power outages, invaders, and other disasters are examples. To stop a potentially catastrophic situation, make sure the home is secure by installing a burglar alarm and door lock security system. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should still be present in the household, and the batteries should be checked and tested on a regular basis.
  • Guard against falling: This is very important in houses where there are old people. Slipping on the ground or sliding down the stairs has claimed the lives of so many people. Most of the time, it’s because of damp floors, slick tiles, loose rugs, or something as plain as not hanging on to the bannister rails while going up or down a flight of stairs. 
  • Safety in the kitchen: Knives, an LPG gas tank, boiling water, or piping hot oil will all put one’s life in jeopardy.

If anyone inadvertently knocks a pan of hot oil off the burner, don’t leave it unattended. Hot oil will inflict serious injuries that leave unsightly scars. It has also been expected to induce blindness in some people. Inside the kitchen, one must exercise strict caution. If people smell gas or feel the gas is leaking, open windows to let fresh air in and avoid lighting a flame, the stove, or something that might create a flame, no matter how far distant people think they are from the kitchen. There may be a fire hazard that can be detected with smoke alarms and danger can be averted.

  • Prevent electric shock: Electricity misuse can result in electric shock, burns, or explosions. Check the wiring layout on a routine basis to avoid this. Do not however connect too much consumer equipment into a single electrical outlet. To avoid electric shock or short-circuiting, hold electronic equipment away from water at all times. Rats have a habit of chewing wires and leaving a hole where the wires are visible. This puts one’s life in jeopardy. To get rid of rats in the house, set a trap or easier still, hire an exterminator.
  • Keeping medicine safe: If medication is found loose around, it will tempt anyone to take it. If children acquire the medication, they may put these in their mouths. Medicines must be kept out of sight of children. Please ensure it’s high enough and that kids can’t get their hands on the medication. Store all of the medicines in their original boxes with their labels on them for quick recognition. Choosing the incorrect drug by mistake can be harmful to health. It’s possible that people have to secure the shelves as well.

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