Safety Hazards to Watch for Around the House

Safety Hazards to Watch for Around the House

At adegbonmire and associates, we feel fulfilled every time we help a client get their dream house, either by purchasing it or renting it on their behalf. We are also concerned about the safety of the client and those that will use the house.

After purchasing or renting a house, it is important to create a safe environment where your family can grow and thrive as this is a top priority. Thankfully, though several serious safety hazards lurk around the average home, most of these concerns can be addressed easily.

Make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your family safe. Consult this guide of eight (8) common safety hazards in the home for quick, simple solutions to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

  1. Fall

Injuries due to fall are one of the most common household hazards. 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.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Stabilize Staircases
    Make sure all staircases have solid handrails, securely affixed flooring, adequate lighting, and safety gates if there are small children in the home.
  • Bathrooms
    Ensure that the bathrooms are dry as much as possible and use slippers with good friction.

 

  1. Fire

In 2018 alone, there have been cases of fire incidents in Lagos homes and offices causing everything from mild smoke damage to total devastation, including loss of life. Even candles or an unattended iron could lead to an accidental fire in your home, but there is a lot you can do to prevent a fire from getting out of hand.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Install Fire Alarms
    Install fire alarms on all levels of your home, and check and change the batteries at least annually.
  • Never leave candles unattended or near loose cloth like drapes or blankets. Also, make sure they are out of reach of children and that pets cannot knock them over.
  • Unplug Appliances
    Avoid an electrical fire by making sure that all appliances are in good working order and no wires are frayed. Do not overload electrical outlets, either. In fact, it’s a smart practice to unplug small appliances like toasters when not in use.
  • Purchase a Fire Extinguisher
    Keep at least one fire extinguisher in your home—and check it annually to verify it is in good working order and up to date. Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen or living room as most fire outbreak starts from these places.

 

  1. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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-related injuries.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
    You can help keep your family safe by installing a carbon monoxide detector that alerts you if CO reaches dangerous levels in your home. A detector that plugs into an electrical outlet can easily be sourced any online store in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
  • Keep Up Home Maintenance
    Prevent carbon monoxide leaks by having your Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, water heater, and other appliances that use gas or oil serviced by a professional every year. When buying a home, have these systems inspected before purchase.
  • Right Exhaust Placement                                                                                               Ensure that the exhaust of your generators is not positioned in a way that the fumes will be entering your house. This will help save your life and those of your loved ones.

 

  1. Cuts

This one seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately there are a number of common items with sharp edges that are used inside and outside your home. Everything from an opened can to a garden hoe can present danger.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Store Kitchen Supplies
    Knives, graters, and peelers are common items that can lead to nasty cuts. Properly store all sharp kitchen tools and lock them up if you have small children in the home.
  • Put Away Garden Tools
    Lawn tools, including rakes, saws, and lawn mowers, can cause harm if not used and stored properly. Stay alert when using power tools and never rush while mowing the lawn or using the weed whacker. Never leave tools lying around and always keep them locked in a shed or garage where kids can’t access them.
  • Lock the Bathroom
    If you use a razor, keep it on a high shelf or locked in a cabinet. Store extra blades in drawers with safety guards and keep other grooming tools like cuticle scissors safely stowed as well.
  • Point Knives and Forks Down
    Keep little ones safe from sharp points by pointing knives and forks downward in the utensil basket to ensure that sharp objects are less accessible.

 

  1. Poisoning

it is really saddening that there has been an increase in the rate of suicide in Nigeria, preventing access to poisonous substances can limit the rate of poisoning. Several household items present poisoning hazards, including cleaning and home maintenance supplies. However, a little diligence and the right know-how can decrease the chance of anyone in your family becoming a victim.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Store Medications Properly
    Both over-the-counter and prescription medications need to be kept away from children and teens. Dispose of all unused medications and never leave them out on a counter. Solution like the locking your first aid box or medicine box is a convenient way to keep medications handy without making them vulnerable to accidental discovery.
  • Keep Paint Out of Reach
    Even paint that is not lead based needs to be properly stored and kept out of reach of children. Never put paint in a container other than the one it came in, otherwise your child may mistake it for a drink or other item.
  • Make Sure Chemicals Are Secure
    Protect both children and pets from accidental poisoning by cleaning supplies. Keep all household cleaners in a high cupboard with a safety lock to keep kids and animals from accidentally finding them. Lock up pesticides and items like sniper in a cupboard or lockbox in the store.
  • Put Away Personal Products
    Keep all makeup, hair products, soaps, and other personal products out of the reach of children and pets. Use safety latches on all doors and drawers to help keep even the most determined youngsters out.
  • Lock Up Detergent
    As with all household cleaners, keep detergent locked out of reach of pets and kids. Never fill the soap dispenser until you’re ready to start a load and always check your dishwasher for leftover residue after each cycle.

 

  1. Strangling

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

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Put Cords Away
    Keep window and electrical cords out of reach of little ones. Never place a crib or bed under a window with dangling cords.
  • Trim or Remove Window Cords
    To keep children from getting tangled up, trim cords to a length that is only accessible to the adults in the home.

 

  1. Drowning

Drowning is not a risk only associated with swimming pools even though swimming pools are dangerous to adults and children (remember the story of the popular musician who lost his son sometimes last year?).

Drowning can also present a hazard within the home as bathtubs and buckets can cause death by drowning and must be prevented.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Put Away Buckets
    If you use buckets for cleaning, keep them empty and a
  • way 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 unattended in the bathtub, and always close the toilet lid.

 

  1. Burns

Burns may not seem like a common household hazard, but they can be caused by gas cookers, iron, toasters and even microwaves.                                                                         These convenient appliances pose risks, especially to small children. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can help ensure no one in your family is burned.

 

Ways to minimize risk:

  • Only plug appliances when you want to use them, do not leave them on and unattended especially if you have kids around.
  • Educate your kids on the dangers these appliances can pose.
  • Ensure that children are far from these appliances as much as possible.

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