Getting injured at home seems like such a silly thing to happen. Employers won’t necessarily have much sympathy when you call up to report that you’ve injured yourself and will need some time off. It’s better to look at ways to protect yourself from injury and accidents at home before they happen.

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Here are a few suggestions for ways to improve safety at home.

Are the Floors Slippery?

It may be an afterthought, but sometimes we ignore floors that have become slippery when walking on them. The kids might enjoy sliding in their socks along the floor but sooner or later someone comes running in crying because things got out of hand. It’s better to avoid the slip and slide for when it’s winter, there’s snow on the ground and the sled got pulled out from storage.

For floors where their protective coating has worn off and they’ve become slippery, look at whether there’s a new coating you can add to make it stickier when walking on it to provide some added grip. A heavy rug that itself won’t slide around is a good way to cover over patches in the living room that aren’t as stable as you would like. Also, consider changing a carpet when it’s threadbare in patches causing people to trip up.

Smoke Alarms & Sprinklers

Several smoke alarms are an essential item in homes now. Detecting carbon monoxide early is one of the best ways to alert the whole family with an audible alarm system and hustling everyone out to a safe place. You also must check the battery on each smoke alarm on a regular basis to make sure that they’re still operating and not just that you think they are.

Look into getting one of those internal fire sprinkler systems to prevent any fire from developing so strongly that it blocks the exits preventing the family from getting out of the home in time. While the sprinklers might take time to put the fire out completely, it certainly dampens its effect which can prevent an area getting completely engulfed in flames. Many multi-storey homes have only one way down from the upper floors which makes this a very relevant safety precaution.

Reducing Clutter

It’s very easy to trip over items that you’ve put on the floor and forget they were there. Injuring a leg or falling down and doing yourself an injury is very easy to do when coming around a corner in a hurry forgetting the item is on the floor at your feet. Walking to the kitchen at night with the lights out, it’s easy to trip on things because you’re half awake already.

To avoid these kind of unnecessary accidents, keep the floors clear of obstacles because it’s easy to forget what you put where. Keep items above chest level to avoid tripping or falling and hurting yourself.

Staying safe might seem like an afterthought, but it’s just as easy to get injured while at home as it is in the workplace. Using prevention by organizing things correctly and having the right safety equipment setup to protect against the worst-case scenario are the best ways to stay safe at home.

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