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Safety Starts At Home
In our last blog, we went over tips to keep you safe on the streets, whether you are driving a vehicle or sharing the road with them. Safety doesn’t stop once you set foot in your home. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make your home safer for yourself and everyone who lives there.
In 2015, over 2,600 lives were lost due to house fires. A fire can raze through a home in a matter of minutes. Here are some tips to make your home safe from fire:
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor in your home, and change the batteries at least once a year. Most fires start at night when everyone in the household is asleep, so smoke detectors save lives!
- Have a fire escape plan ready. Know the exits of every room.
- Keep all exits clear of debris, toys, furniture, or anything that may block or trip someone.
- Check your windows to make sure they open quickly and don’t stick.
- Keep small children away from open flames and anything hot, such as items on a stove top, and keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
Just about every home uses toxic chemicals or hazardous materials for cleaning, laundry, or yard work. However, over 300 children in the U.S. are treated for poisoning every day. Even if these chemicals aren’t ingested, some cleaners and other materials can cause skin burns, eye irritation, and respiratory harm. Keep cleaning agents, pesticides, and other chemicals in a safe place away from children and where they won’t spill.
Young children can swallow small batteries, which can get lodged in the throat and burn through body tissue with acid and electricity. Keep batteries in a safe place, and make sure that devices that use these batteries are kept away from children as well.
Anyone can take a tumble, but a simple fall can be more disastrous than you think. Roughly 2.5 million falls in 2013 required a visit to the ER, and 10% of those falls included hip fractures. Older adults have a higher risk for falls, but everyone in your household will benefit from fall prevention. Ways to make your home safer include:
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Place non-skid mats in areas where it might be easy to slip, such as in showers and on stairs. Adhere rugs to the floor with adhesive strips.
- Place night lights and adequate lighting around the house.
- Install railings by stairs, and grab bars in restrooms if needed.
- Keep walkways clear of electrical cords and other items.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence, give DiBella Law Offices, P.C., a call at (781) 916-9932. Our Massachusetts premises liability attorneys have years of experience in helping our clients get the rightful compensation they deserve.
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