Safety Hazards to Watch for Around the House

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Safety Hazards to Watch for Around the House

Creating a safe home environment where your family can grow and thrive is a top priority. Thankfully, though a number of serious safety hazards lurk around the average home, most of these concerns are pretty easy to address.

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to achieve maximum home safety. Consult this guide of nine common safety hazards around the home to learn quick and simple solutions for keeping you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Watch out for these home safety hazards

1. Falls

Injuries due to falls are one of the most common hazards at home. In fact, one out of five older adults who falls incurs a broken bone or a head injury. Wet floors, slippery stairs, and scattered toys all create the potential for falls.

2. Fires

One key to home safety is fire prevention. In 2020, there were more than 356,500 fires in US homes, causing everything from mild smoke damage to total devastation, including the loss of 2,630 lives. Even candles or an unattended iron can lead to accidental fires in your home, but there is a lot you can do to prevent a home fire from starting or getting out of hand. Learn more from our fire prevention guide.

3. Carbon monoxide

Another potential danger in the house is carbon monoxide. Low exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) can cause headaches and dizziness, while high levels can lead to vomiting, impaired vision, and even death.

Carbon monoxide is virtually impossible to detect by smell, sight, or sound, making it a difficult threat to discern. But there are things you can do to ward off CO poisoning.

4. Choking

Choking is the fourth-largest cause of accidental death in the US, claiming 3,000 victims in 2020. From a bite of dinner going down the wrong way to a young one accidentally swallowing a small item, choking is scary. Educate yourself with these safety tips about choking hazards, and take measures to keep your family safe.

5. Cuts

This one seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately there are a number of common items with sharp edges inside and outside your home. Everything from an open food can to a garden hoe can be dangerous.

6. Poisoning

There were over two million poisoning incidents reported to poison control centers nationwide in 2020. Several household items present poisoning hazards, including cleaning and home maintenance supplies.

However, a little diligence and poison-proofing can decrease the chance of accidental poisoning in your family.

7. Strangling

Cords on window dressings like blinds or curtains present a common strangling hazard to small children and infants. Here are three ways you can help make your home safer for little ones.

8. Drowning

Drowning isn’t only a risk when swimming or playing in water outside—it can also present a hazard in the home. On average, two-thirds of childhood drownings under the age of one occur in a bathtub,6 so do your part to prevent drowning with these two tips:

Put away buckets

If you use buckets for cleaning, keep them empty and away from water sources. 

Attend to bathing children

It only takes a few inches of water for a child or infant to drown, so never leave a child alone in the bathtub, and always close the toilet lid. Learn more in our child bathroom safety guide.

9. Burns

Burns may not seem like a common household hazard, but they’re a risk whenever you use dishwashers and stoves. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can help ensure no one in your family feels the searing heat of a fresh burn.

Final word

Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe. Knowing which precautions to take makes your job as family protector a little easier, but no one can be on duty all the time.

You may want to get some help protecting your loved ones with a monitored security system. Most current systems offer home automation and remote access so you can make sure everything is okay as often as you want.

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