At All In One, “we do what you’d rather not”™ because keeping things clean and tidy around the house and making sure that everything is in good working order can seem like a lot of hard work… and we believe your home should be free from as much work as possible!
But did you know just how dangerous your home can be?
In order to help raise awareness of the dangers lurking in our homes, the last week of August has been designated as National Safe At Home Week – it’s the perfect time to take a few minutes to check your home for potential problem areas.
The leading cause of accidental fatalities involving children in the home is poisoning; and for adults, the number one cause of household fatalities is the result of slips and falls
Statistically, an alarming number of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death can be found in and around the home. Luckily, with a little foreknowledge and a small amount of effort, a lot of them are completely preventable!
Here are some basic tips to help make your home a safer place for you and your family:
- Keep medicines and household chemicals safely out of the reach of children, even if you have to lock them up – and don’t forget to check under the sink!
- If you have small children around (even occasionally) make sure to safely cover any unused electrical outlets
- Place nightlights in bathrooms, hallways, and any other dark areas – keep hallways and stairs clear of miscellaneous objects
- Install lights and switches at the top and bottom of stairs – if you don’t have handrails on your stairs, consider installing them
- If you have small carpets on a slippery floor, tape them down or remove them completely
- Avoid wearing socks on hardwood floors, especially if they are waxed – and clean up any spills right away!
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms – you should test them once a month
- Never overload electrical circuits, and always use appliances and tools according to the instructions
- To avoid break-ins, add exterior lighting and cut back any bushes or tree limbs that may provide hiding places for would-be intruders
- Always have a Fire Safety Plan as well as a Home Emergency Plan – make sure to practice with occasional safety drills
To learn more about the dangers facing us at home and how to stay safe, check out some of the information available online from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
To learn more about hiring us to “do what you’d rather not” give us a call – with helpful services such as Cleaning, Handyman/Repair, Yard Work, and Trash Removal, we can handle all the hard stuff on your home safety to-do list so you can just (safely) relax!