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How To Avoid 5 Common Household Hazards

Braintree Man Falling Down the StairsThere are multiple potential safety hazards in the average Braintree home. But the good thing is that most of them can be avoided with a few simple precautions. Knowing some of the most common household hazards – and how to refrain them – can help you keep your home environment as safe as possible.

1.      Falls

Information indicates that injuries caused by falls are one of the most common household hazards. And in most instances, stairs and ladders are the reason. To improve safety around stairs, always remember that all staircases have sturdy handrails. When you have wood or concrete stairs, use non-slip mats or grip tape to improve traction. Avoid using ladders and stepstools as much as possible. If you want to go up a ladder or stool, make sure that the ladder or stool is securely positioned on a flat surface and have another person help steady it for you.

2.      Slippery Surfaces

Similar to stairs and ladders, slippery surfaces cause numerous of the most common household injuries. To keep yourself from harm, make sure to clean floors often to remove grease or spills. Use the correct type of floor cleaner and avoid walking on wet floors. Another simple method is to place rugs in kitchen and bathroom areas, as well as inside each exterior door. If your shoes are wet after a walk through the rain, be sure to remove or wipe your shoes carefully to avoid slips and falls.

3.      Fire

One of the most fatal of the household hazards on our list is fire. Although serious injury can easily be avoided by obeying some of the safety precautions. For instance, make sure that you have working smoke detectors in each room of the house. Also, it is safer if you place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage, and other places where fires may occur.

Another method to lessen the danger of fire is to be careful when cooking, especially when using oil for frying. Never leave pans of oil, candles, or other open flames unattended. Finally, know your fire safety plan and how to put out different types of fire. Never try to put out a cooking fire with water – it will make the fire bigger. Instead, how you can resolve this problem is to turn off the heat source and smother it with the pot lid, salt or baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher if it gets too big.

4.      Mold

The thought of mold can be highly unpleasant. But thankfully, there is a lot you can do to prevent mold from growing in your house. One of the most natural methods to keep your property mold-free is to keep your plumbing in good repair, and all areas of your house dry. Airing out steamy bathrooms, ventilating rooms with condensation build-up, and various methods can do a lot to keep mold from being a threat in your home. In case these strategies did not work, consider using mold-resistant products to prevent mold from growing in the walls.

5.      Asbestos

If you live in an older home, you may be worried about exposure to asbestos. The beautiful thing is that as long as the house is in good repair, your risk of being harmed by asbestos is low. If you believe that your home has asbestos-containing materials, do your best to leave those areas undisturbed. Avoid putting nails in the walls or otherwise damaging them. If you need to remodel, you will need to have qualified professionals come in to handle the asbestos-containing materials properly. Asbestos will only trigger if the materials containing it are disturbed or damaged.

By taking a few simple precautions, it is possible to keep yourself and your household safe from these common hazards.

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