No one plans on having an accident, particularly in the home. In 2020, however, 1 in 10 people in the U.S. experienced an injury in the home serious enough to require a medical consultation, according to the National Safety Council.
Here’s a look at 3 home safety tips that help prevent the most common accidental injuries.
1. Fall proof your home
Falls are one of the worst accidents people experience. They pose a fatal risk to young children and elderly individuals and can seriously injure healthy adults.
To prevent these kinds of injuries, it’s a good idea to fall proof your home as much as possible. For instance, always ensure your family puts away their toys and shoes in an orderly place, never obstructing stairs or doorways. You can also install grab bars in your shower for any seniors in your family to have an extra measure of protection, and baby gates to safeguard little ones from more dangerous areas of the home like the kitchen.
2. Prevent burns and fires
Whether you’re rushing around the stove preparing a meal, or working on an automotive project in the garage, burns are another frequent at-home accident that can lead to serious injury and even hospitalization.
There are a few quick and easy home safety tips for preventing burns and fires in the home. Simply reducing the temperature of your hot tap water will lessen the risk of scalding your hands. Also make sure you and your family are all well versed in basic fire safety. Discuss an escape route ahead of time should a fire occur and ensure everyone knows the locations of fire extinguishers in your home.
3. Use caution in the kitchen
Anyone who cooks regularly understands the importance of knife safety. To prevent cuts in the kitchen, teach your family some basic knife skills. Keep your knives sharp, as dull blades are more likely to slip, and use caution leaving cutlery out on countertops and in sinks.
These home safety tips prevent a lot of accidents, but it’s still a good idea to prepare for the unexpected. Accident insurance coverage can help you and your family navigate accidents with as much peace of mind as possible.
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