Collins & Demac Real Estate

Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 11/9/2017

Home is probably where you go to feel completely comfortable, free of criticisms and safe. It's not just you. Your family and friends probably feel like they're safe when they stop by your place too. But, is your home as safe as  you think it is? If your house is like thousands of other homes across the United States, it might have accident provoking features, designs and damage, and you might not know it.

Don't deceive yourself about home safety

Each year millions of accidents happen in homes. Top of the list for accident causes is a fall. If you've lived in your home for several years, there's a good chance that you might have slipped at least once, maybe while climbing in or out of the tub or shower.

Reducing accidents at your home involves keeping flooring dry. Flooring should also be clutter free. It's easy to trip over a wheeled toy or a shoe when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Also, ensure that floorboards are secure and even.

Look for protruding nails and hammer these nails into floorboards until nail heads are even with floor panels. When you buff wood floors, get a great shine without buffing floors until they become slick. By tossing a throw rug at the entrance to rooms that you recently mopped, waxed or buffed, you could prevent falls.

Places at your house to zone in on to reduce home accidents

Floors aren't the only feature that may need your attention as you work to reduce accidents at your home. Other areas to focus on include:

  • Interior and exterior railings - Don't rely on the way that railings look. Actually pull on interior and exterior railings to see if they are secure. If not, get nails and a hammer or screwdriver and tighten loose railings.
  • Window panes - Open and close windows to ensure that your window panes don't accidentally open if a minor amount of pressure is applied to the panes. Contact a contractor to fix the panes if they are loose. Extra sealant might also make your house windows safe.
  • Reaching top cabinets - Step stools should be even. They also should be sturdy enough to prevent people from toppling over and falling while they reach for household items, including food, that's placed on a top shelf.
  • Poisonings - Secure dangerous cleaners. Keep medications out of the reach of children. If you notice missing prescription pills, consider locking medications in a cabinet or another secure container. To keep air safe, open windows in the room that you are using harsh cleaners in.

For added safety, you could install a banister and additional railings in your house,especially if you want to accommodate relatives and friends who are physically disabled. To make your house safer and avoid injuries, remove weather elements like snow, tree limbs and wet leaves from sidewalks and the edge of lawns. If you perform construction at your home, place warning signs near areas where the construction is taking place.

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