Chances are your home is the place where you feel the most happy, comfortable and secure.
You might also be surprised to know that our homes are one of the places where accidents are most likely to occur.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) more than 5,000 people die in accidents in the home every year and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment.
It’s so important to be aware of the potential dangers we face and put precautions in place to ensure our safety. Who knows, one day it might even save your life or the lives of those you love.
Fire Safety – start with a good smoke alarm
We’ve all seen the horrific stories in the news. The destruction fire causes can be devastating and deathly quick.
Last year over 200 people died in house fires, so let’s not add to the statistics.
You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if there is no working smoke alarm, so, one of the most important things you can do is have a good one fitted.
Remember to buy high quality batteries for it too (www.buyabattery.co.uk), so you can rest assured it will be working properly and on the first of every month, remember to test it!
Stay sensible and safe around electricity – many accidents and fatalities occur in the home because of inappropriate use. Have your wiring checked, don’t use appliances with worn or damaged flexes, keep electrical appliances out of the bathroom, look for the CE mark when you buy equipment and never overload a socket.
The kitchen is where some of the most serious accidents occur.
Don’t keep heavy items on high shelves, and keep things you use regularly in easy reach. Also, keep knives sharp, in good condition and out of the reach of children.
Medicines and Cleaners
Household chemicals, whether they’re medicines or cleaning products, should always be treated with caution. Consider keeping them in a locked cabinet and clearly labelled. Keep all dangerous, toxic or poisonous substances out of the reach of children.
Stay safe when you DIY
Over-ambition and lack of knowledge are two of the biggest factors in DIY accidents.Be realistic and don’t tackle a job unless you really have the ability and always plan ahead – accidents happen more easily if you are unprepared and rushing.
As the saying goes, an Englishman’s home is his castle, so make sure it’s a safe and secure one and you’ll be laughing!