House Tipster Basics: How to Make Your Home Safer

You’ve probably heard of child-proofing your home, but “life-proofing” your home is also important to keep your family safe and sound.

You’ve probably heard of child-proofing your home, but “life-proofing” your just as important. When buying a new home, it’s vital to know how safe it will be for you and your family. The following home safety tips are designed to help keep you secure in your home. 

 

Your Stairs

Stairways are one of the most dangerous areas of a home, with over 1 million accidents occurring every year. Old, brittle stairs should be fixed immediately before the condition worsens. If the problem is a single wooden stair tread, you can remove and replace the tread. If the tread is cracked, this video will help you repair it. If you’re not sure you can repair your stairs safely and properly, always consult a professional.  

 

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Stairs can be dangerously slippery, especially for children who tend to climb them quickly. Non-slip adhesives are available for slippery stair treads. Using them is as simple as sticking them on your stairs, and using a roller to make them lay flat. Non-slip adhesives are available in various textures and materials specific to your stairway.

 

Some stair treads are rather short, making it difficult to climb and descend them. You can tackle this issue as a DIY project by adding stair noses to the treads. You can add 1-2 inches in length and width to your stairs, and you’ll instantly notice a difference in traction.

 

Your Bathroom

Bathrooms tend to be slippery places, and are hazardous for anyone with or without mobility impairments. The best bathroom safety tips are simple, and there are a few tools that you can implement on your own. Try adding a stainless steel grab-bar in your tub/shower for added support while entering and leaving. These bars are easy to install and can hold up to 500lbs. If you want something less permanent, you can purchase suction grab-bars like this one.

 

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Just like your stairs, the inside of your tub/shower can be extremely slippery. You can buy adhesive treads that follow the length and width of your tub. The treads help prevent slips and falls in the shower and tub.

 

If your tub is too high for a family member to enter, portable bath steps with rubber treads are a useful option that can be used in most homes’ bathrooms. Always remember: a decrease in traction is the cause of many accidents. It’s important to have adequate traction on and around the bath steps. This can be achieved by placing a traction mat next to the bath steps.   

 

Your Kitchen

The kitchen is filled with potentially harmful items. Knives should always be stored away in a shelf after cleaning, and can even be covered with blade guards for added protection. Such blade guards will help prevent mishaps when rummaging through shelves, for example.

 

Your heating appliances (stovetop, oven, toaster oven, microwave, etc.) should be monitored closely whenever they’re on. Some appliances will overheat if left on for prolonged periods, resulting in fires. For added security, be sure to keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen.

 

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As well, it’s best to prevent children from playing in the kitchen. A hot stove may entice their curiosity, and result in injury. If you have a door-less open kitchen, you can buy portable gates that can be placed in the opening of the kitchen to prevent your children from entering.  

 

Prevent Fires & Carbon Monoxide

Your local fire department may hold fire prevention classes where you can learn the basics of using fire prevention equipment. Not every home will come pre-installed with carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Carbon monoxide detectors can be had for less than $20. It’s best to install detectors on every floor of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should also be placed in any space near your kitchen, fireplace, and sleeping areas. 

 

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