Tips for Making Your Home Safe: The Most Common Household Accidents and How to Prevent Them
Thursday, 17 December 2020

Research has shown most common accidents in the home could have been easily prevented by taking simple precautions or performing regular maintenance on appliances. From electrical shock to trips and falls, the majority of domestic mishaps are preventable.

Here are just a few of the most common accidents in the home – and how you can stop them happening:
 
 

Electrical burns or fires

 
Poorly maintained appliances are a leading cause of electrical burns in the home and, in a worst-case scenario, can even be the cause of fires. Always check your appliances for safety and throw out any aging items you might still have around your home. You should also check power leads for fraying or other signs of aging and replace them if required. On a bigger scale, also check the wiring and power outlets around your home. One sure sign that your wiring might need to be replaced is flickering lights or frequent power outages. Also, if your electrical system is over 20 years old, it will likely need to be replaced – or, at the very least, would benefit from a thorough inspection. Electrical contractors like Viper Electric can perform a full audit of your domestic electricity system and advise on repairing or replacing faulty wiring.
 

Trips and falls

 
Falling or tripping is most common in the very old and very young so you must be acutely aware if you’re living with an elderly relative or toddler. By their nature, young children are inquisitive and feel an urge to explore the world around them, often leading to problems. Conversely, failing eyesight or mobility problems might prove an issue with elderly people. Tidying clutter and keeping stairways clear of potential hazards is the best way to prevent falls and trips. Also, for young children, remember to put a gate at the top of stairs to stop falls or tumbles.
 

Falling objects

 
Again, the most prone to accidents involving falling objects are the very young and very old but anyone, at any age can still have problems stretching to get items only for them to fall. With children, be particularly aware of items they might be tempted to grab (for example, tablecloths, appliance wires and so on). With the elderly, try to keep the most-commonly used items within easy reach – preferably at or below eye level (this is good sense for all ages).
 

Poisoning

 
Young children often confuse dangerous detergents and bleaches with bottles of juice and poisoning accidents are remarkably common in the home. As a rule, keep potentially dangerous cleaning or medical products well out of reach – perhaps in a sealed box, in a high, hard-to-reach cupboard. Also, ensure you only ever buy products with child-proof lids and tops.
 

Drowning

 
As you might expect, young children are most at risk from drowning accidents so you must closely supervise kids anytime they’re near water – especially during bath times. Also, if you have any water features in your garden, think about installing temporary fencing until your child grows older.
 
The majority of domestic accidents could be avoided by taking a different view of your home. Often trying to think about your house from a child’s point of view can let you see potential areas of risk and help prevent accidents – no matter whether you have children or not.
 
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