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The most common causes of accidents at home

The most common causes of accidents at home

We often hear statistics documenting the large amount of accidents that occur around the home, but how many of us have actually stopped to think about these possible mishaps? How many of us have considered what kind of accidents could happen at home, and the best ways of stopping them?

In our busy lives, too few of us give a thought to everyday safety. Well, this article aims to help you make sure that your home is as safe as possible…

To start with, almost certainly the most dangerous part of your house is the kitchen. Avoid putting larger objects on high shelves, as it is very east to mistakenly tug one off, causing it to fall on you and potentially cause an injury. When cooking with a saucepan, make sure that the handle is facing away from you, otherwise you may knock it while moving around the kitchen. This may seem like an easy thing to avoid, but just imagine if there is a telephone call in the next room and you leave the kitchen in a hurry…

DIY is another area of day-to-day home life that is fraught with dangers. Above all, make sure that you are capable of carrying out whatever task you have in mind: your first option should always be professional assistance.

If you have children, then you will need to put additional care into household safety. Avoid leaving medicines and alcohol within the reach of children; the same goes for electric cables, matches, blades, pan handles or other objects that could cause harm to little tugging hands. Even something as seemingly harmless as an ordinary drinking glass could cause serious harm if it is broken into jagged shards.

Above all, the single most potentially destructive thing in your home is fire. If you smoke, make sure that you do so responsibly – never smoke in bed. Do not leave cooking pans unattended. If you have an open fire, keep it away from clothes and other flammable materials. Ensure that you have at least one smoke detector in your house – preferably more than one, to cover the entire building. Make sure that you have an escape route planned in your house in case of emergency.

Your house need not be a deathtrap. Simply follow some basic safety considerations and, when in doubt, seek professional advice; that way, you will be able to keep your family away from harm.

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