A Healthy HomeApr 17 2016
You may consider your home to be a very safe place. There are, in fact, many hazards and dangers throughout the home. You must ensure to prevent injuries and accidents in your home. Ensure that anyone who enters your house is protected from incidents. In the following post, we will give advice of preventing falls in your home and promoting chemical and medication safety. We want to ensure that your home is not a hazardous place, and your personal storage lies at the heart of this.
If you have an elderly parent, neighbour or relative who regularly visits, or have an elderly parent moving into your home, you need to consider whether your home is a safe place for them. Falls are very common and can have devastating consequences for the senior citizen population – it is your duty to ensure that your home is safe for everyone who enters.
– Good lighting both inside and outside your home is essential to prevent accidents and falls.
– Remove clutter: Boxes and excessive furnishings and other clutter, that is not contained in storage shelving or presses should be removed. This overflow of stuff should be sorted through and rather than left in the corners of rooms where it is liable to tumble and spill, should be removed to a self storage unit. There it will be safer, less harmful potential and will improve your home’s aesthetics.
– Cords and cables are a huge falls risk and should be safely tied down and out of the way of walkways. We have some great and versatile tips for storing cords and wires here.
– Supports: if you do have an elderly relative that regularly visits or lives in, it is a good idea to add some mobility supports to your home. Handrails, especially in bathrooms and in showers, are very helpful. If you have long hallways, add a chair or two along the corridor to allow for breaks. Nonslip treads and mats in areas prone to slipiness and wet floors will prevent accidental slips.
Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in the home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and there is no way to detect this colourless odourless and tasteless gas. Released from the burning of fuels in an enclosed space, carbon monoxide causes headaches, confusion, nausea and ultimately coma and death if undetected. Ensure your home has a carbon monoxide detection alarm.
Household Chemical Safety. The home is full of potentially dangerous chemicals, from bleach found in toilet cleaners and many surface cleaners, to antifreeze and many other dangerous substances found in so many common household products. Often stories are heard of toddlers or young children getting their hands on these products. With ingestion posing serious health threats, it is imperative that household chemicals are stored safely.
– Store chemicals in their original containers. If this is not possible for some reason, make sure that they are clearly labelled as to what is inside. Many of these substances are clear and may be ingested if mistaken for something else, for example water.
– Keep these products out of the reach of children – on a high shelf or in a press with a lock.
– Properly dispose of expired, leaking or contaminated products. Read warning labels and follow safety instructions.
– Keep chemicals far from food products.
– Be diligent about hand washing after using cleaners and other chemicals.
Medication safety: Keep these in a safe place out of reach of children. Ensure all medication containers are labelled and preferably are in their original packaging. Dispose of unused medication or any medication that is not needed.
So who knew what a dangerous place your home could be?! Begin your journey to good health and wellbeing at your home, and creating a safer environment for visitors and inhabitants.