Home Safety: What you need to know

Accidents in the home is not a subject most of us dwell upon, but being prepared for potential hazards can make a world of difference. Here are some helpful home safety tips that can be easily implemented to help provide a secure environment and a safer home for you and your family.

Home Safety Tips

  • Store Medicine Properly. Choose a safe place that small children cannot reach, and be sure that all safety caps are secured.
  • Keep Emergency Phone Numbers Handy. You never know what can happen. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 60,000 young children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms each year for accidental overdoses. Be sure to keep the Poison Help Line phone number handy (1-800-222-1222).
  • Keep Sharp Kitchen Tools out of Reach. Because we use most kitchen tools every day, it is not practical to keep them under lock and key. More important is ensuring they are out of reach of children. Teach your children that kitchen tools and utensils are never to be touched or used without an adult present.
  • Bathroom Safety. Keep the toilet seat and lid down to prevent accidents. Install nonskid mats in the shower, and watch small children closely when they are in the shower or taking a bath; drowning can occur in just two inches of water. It will also benefit residents of any age to have night lights on in all bathrooms to prevent tripping on rugs or bumping into objects.
  • Keep Small Objects Out of Reach. There are so many small items at home that we do not pay close attention to, like batteries, coins, buttons and very small toys. Care should be taken with all of them, as children love to explore and place small items in their mouths. These objects can be swallowed quickly, and present a choking hazard.
  • Carefully Store Household Chemicals and Detergents. Items like laundry detergent, bleach, drain or toilet bowl cleaners, and pool chemicals are poisonous to ingest and can also cause burns if they contact skin. Never store these items in a cabinet, closet or other area that is easily accessible by children.
  • Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. A small fire or carbon monoxide leak can go undetected until it is too late. Installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are crucial in keeping a home safe.
  • Purchase Several Fire Extinguishers. In case of a fire, having an easily accessible fire extinguisher, and knowing how to use it, can mean the difference between life and death.
  • Use Fake Candles. If you enjoy candles, fake candles are a safe way to still enjoy candlelight, while preventing the risk of fire or burns.

Merriam Insurance recommends you follow these important home safety tips to provide a safer environment for you, your family, and your guests. Contact us today to learn more.

Home Safety: What you need to know

Richard Hale