Buying a Home? Avoid These Common Home Hazards

Preventable Common Home Hazards: Falls and FiresIt is all too easy for residents to suffer an injury from common and entirely preventable Leander new home hazards. New homeowners and those with growing families may not be aware of the home safety hazards leading to falls or residential fires. As young children and those with mobility issues may be more susceptible to serious injury, it is helpful to take a few steps to improve occupant safety. Know more about common home hazards found in homes today.

Falls Result in Injury

Not every slip and fall will lead to an injury. However, injuries from falls are recognized as a common household hazard. Increased risk of falls occur in homes with scattered toys, wet floors and slippery stairs. Decrease the chance for falls by:

  • Storing and keeping toys in areas that are not in the path of foot traffic and removing toys near entrance areas, hallways and stairs.
  • Removing debris, snow, ice or leaves from outdoor steps. Securing any mats with grip tape.
  • Ensuring staircases are stable with solid handrails and flooring. Homeowners should use safety gates when homes include small children.
  • Using non-slip stickers on slick shower surfaces to prevent slipping.

Staying vigilant and observant of the conditions within a home and potential obstacles in high traffic areas can help make it less likely occupants and visitors slip and fall. Additional modifications like installing safety rails in the bathroom may be needed in homes where an occupant has mobility issues.

Residential Fire Hazards Cause Burns and Home Damage

Homeowners may think that owning a fire extinguisher is enough to safeguard the safety of family members. With residential fires taking place every 66 seconds, it can be useful to learn more about this all too common home safety hazard. Fires can start in kitchens, workrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and other spaces. Cooking that has been left unattended or overloaded electrical wires can cause a residential fire. Make sure to turn off stoves before leaving a room and unplug appliances not in use. Get an early alert of a fire by installing and maintaining fire alarms throughout the home and learn how to operate a fire extinguisher before it is ever needed.

Prevent Injury and Play It Safe

Homeowners may need to stay on top of potential home hazards and ensure that electrical work is done to code. Aside from maintaining the elements of a home, replacing batteries on fire alarms, and being able to use a fire extinguisher are useful in improving occupant safety. Most of these DIY projects can be done by the homeowner.

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