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How To Avoid 5 Common Household Hazards

Buchanan Man Falling Down the StairsThere are various potential safety hazards in the average Buchanan home. However, the great thing is that most of them can be avoided with a few simple precautions. Knowing some of the most common household hazards – and how to stay away from them – can help you to keep your home environment as safe as possible.

1.      Falls

Numbers show that injuries caused by falls are one of the most common household hazards. And most of the time, stairs and ladders are the cause. To improve safety around stairs, ensure that all staircases have sturdy handrails. If you have wood or concrete stairs, use non-slip mats or grip tape to improve traction. Avoid using ladders and stepstools as far as possible. If you have to climb up using a ladder or stool, make sure that the ladder or stool is securely positioned on a flat surface and have another person help steady it for you.

2.      Slippery Surfaces

As well as stairs and ladders, slippery surfaces can also cause several of the most common household injuries. To save yourself from harm, make sure to clean floors often to remove grease or spills. Use the correct type of floor cleaner and avoid walking on wet floors. Another useful technique is to place rugs in kitchen and bathroom areas, as well as inside each exterior door. If your feet are wet after walking through the rain, make sure to remove or wipe your shoes carefully to avoid slips and falls.

3.      Fire

One of the most fatal of the household hazards on our list is fire. But serious injury can often be avoided by taking a couple of precautionary measures. For particular, make sure that you have working smoke detectors in each room of the house. Additionally, it is better to place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage, and other places where fires may occur.

One way to reduce the risk of fire is to be careful when cooking, especially when using oil for frying. Never leave pans of oil, candles, or other open flames unattended. Finally, know your fire safety plan and how to put out different types of fire. Never try to put out a cooking fire with water – it will make the fire bigger. How you should move toward this problem instead is to turn off the heat source and smother it with the pot lid, salt or baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher if it gets too big.

4.      Mold

The idea of mold can be extremely unpleasant. There is a lot you can do to prevent mold from growing in your house. Probably the ideal approach to keep your home mold-free is to keep your plumbing in good repair, and all areas of your house dry. Airing out steamy bathrooms, ventilating rooms with condensation build-up, and other measures may do a lot to keep mold from transforming into a big problem. If you do all those of steps but it’s still not enough, consider using mold-resistant products to prevent mold from growing in the walls.

5.      Asbestos

If you live in an older home, you may be worried about exposure to asbestos. Fortunately, as long as the house is in good repair, your risk of being harmed by asbestos is low. If you presume that your home has asbestos-containing materials, do your best to leave those areas undisturbed. Avoid putting nails in the walls or otherwise damaging them. If you need to remodel, you will need to have qualified professionals come in to handle the asbestos-containing materials properly. Asbestos will only harm you if the materials containing it are disturbed or damaged.

By doing a few simple precautions, it is likely to keep yourself and your household safe from these common hazards.

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