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How To Avoid 5 Common Household Hazards

Eaton Man Falling Down the StairsThere are many potential safety hazards in the average Eaton home. But the good thing is that most of them can be avoided with a few simple precautions. Knowing probably the most common household hazards – and how to prevent them – can help you keep your home environment as safe as possible.

1.      Falls

Data shows that injuries caused by falls are one of the most common household hazards. And in most instances, stairs and ladders are the leading cause. To improve safety around stairs, always make sure that all staircases have sturdy handrails. When you have wood or concrete stairs, use non-slip mats or grip tape to improve traction. Avoid using ladders and stepstools as much as possible. If you want to move up a ladder or stool, make sure that the ladder or stool is securely positioned on a flat surface and have another person help steady it for you.

2.      Slippery Surfaces

In the same way to stairs and ladders, slippery surfaces cause several of the most common household injuries. To defend yourself from harm, make sure to clean floors often to remove grease or spills. Put on the correct type of floor cleaner and avoid walking on wet floors. Another simple approach is to place rugs in kitchen and bathroom areas, as well as inside each exterior door. If your feet are wet after a walk through the rain, don’t forget to remove or wipe your shoes carefully to avoid slips and falls.

3.      Fire

One of the most fatal of the household hazards on our list is fire. While serious injury can often be avoided by complying with certain safety precautions. For instance, make sure that you have working smoke detectors in each room of the house. Also, it is smarter if you place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage, and other places where fires may occur.

Another method to lower the risk of fire is to be careful when cooking, especially when using oil for frying. Never leave pans of oil, candles, or other open flames unattended. Lastly, know your fire safety plan and how to put different types of fire. Never try to put out a cooking fire with water – it will make the fire bigger. Instead, how you can fix this issue is to turn off the heat source and smother it with the pot lid, salt or baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher if it gets too big.

4.      Mold

The thought of mold can be highly unpleasant. But thankfully, there is a lot you can do to prevent mold from growing in your house. One of the excellent ways to maintain your property mold-free is to keep your plumbing in good repair, and all areas of your house dry. Airing out steamy bathrooms, ventilating rooms with condensation build-up, and different strategies can do a lot to keep mold from being a danger in your home. If such methods do not work, consider using mold-resistant products to prevent mold from growing in the walls.

5.      Asbestos

If you live in an older home, you may be worried about exposure to asbestos. The nice thing is that as long as the house is in good repair, your risk of being harmed by asbestos is low. If you assume that your home has asbestos-containing materials, do your best to leave those areas undisturbed. Avoid putting nails in the walls or otherwise damaging them. If you need to remodel, you will need to have qualified professionals come in to handle the asbestos-containing materials properly. Asbestos will only trigger if the materials containing it are disturbed or damaged.

By taking a few simple precautions, it is possible to keep yourself and your household safe from these common hazards.

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