Ways to Prevent Accidents at Home

Security tips for the home? Read more to help protect your family.
An accident has occurred.
Sometimes, accidents can cause a broken arm, a burned finger or some stitches, but in the United States, hundreds of times a day an accident becomes tragic. The CDC reports that in 2014, 136,053 deaths (or 5.2% of total deaths) were caused by accidental injuries.

In addition, the accident also caused more than 31 million visits to the emergency room.

Sometimes, accidents can seem almost inevitable. There is no way to avoid slips, falls or scratches, but that does not mean you can not try. Making your home and family more secure can happen in just a few steps.

Prevent poisoning
Have a list of phone numbers in the refrigerator. Schedule the poison control hotline (800-222-1222) on each cell phone in your home and place it in your refrigerator. Examine other emergency numbers that can help and do the same. Saving time in an accident can be very important to prevent death. Install the carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors can help you identify if you have a gas leak in your home. To cover the entire house, make sure there is one on each floor, the one closest to the bedroom. This device is relatively inexpensive and, when installed correctly, can help
prevent gas poisoning
Fire prevention in the home
Install the smoke detectors on every floor of your home. If a fire occurs in your home, your first priority is, of course, to make sure your family is unharmed. Installing a smoke detector on each floor of your home (the one closest to the room) can help you be alert at the first sign of smoke. If you have small children, you should always consider the smoke alarms that you can program with your voice and provide warning and escape instructions. It is also recommended to replace the batteries every year. Some recommend doing it on your birthday or another memorable date.

Have a fire extinguisher that can be accessed (and know how to use it). Having the first fire extinguisher on hand is clear, but many people never have the opportunity to use it. If you have not learned to use a fire extinguisher, do not wait to study until you need it.

Make sure your whole family is trained.

Keep the fireplace around the fireplace. You can reduce the risk of fire in the house by installing a grate or other barrier against fire, between open flames and your home. In this way, you can prevent the trunks from leaving the place of the fire or the embers that blow in your home.

Prevent falls and slips

Place rugs and cushions around your house. Slips and falls around the house can occur at any age. Ensuring that all areas are slippery, indoors or outdoors, having a fence can help prevent accidents. This can also help, if you have a carpet around your house, install pads under it. Carpet mats keep carpets in place, which makes them safer for your family.

Strengthen heavy furniture.

Whether it's an earthquake or a small child who likes to climb, furniture, such as dressers, televisions and shelves, can fall and become dangerous when they're not securely fastened to the wall. Ideally, heavy furniture should be attached to the bolt on the wall. When it is not an option, rope furniture can do tricks, usually securing items up to 200 pounds.

To help keep your family safe, it is recommended that you seek education in first aid. With all your trained family, you could prevent serious accidents. Look for first aid and CPR classes that you can take together to be ready.
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