Help prevent accidents at home

Date published: 03 June 2020

More accidents happen in the home than anywhere else, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are in the home.

Check for hazards and risks

We may feel safe in our own homes, but there are risks are all around so we all need to take action to make our homes as safe as possible. 

Take a look around your  home and check for any potential areas of danger.  You should:

  • examine every blind in your home - if they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted, then you can easily install one of the many devices available
  • make sure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children
  • move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb
  • keep children away from hazardous heat sources in the kitchen, for example, warm oven fronts, hot liquids, and ensure pot handles cannot be reached
  • test the temperature of bath water using your elbow before you put your baby or toddler in the bath and never leave a child unattended
  • make sure household cleaners and medicines are out of the sight and reach of children away to avoid accidental poisoning or chemical burns
  • check that televisions, chests of drawers and shelving units are securely anchored to the wall, as bulky, heavy furniture can seriously injure or even kill a small child if it falls on top of them
  • empty the paddling pool after use – if you have a pond, turn it into a sandpit, fence it in, or cover it while your children are small. Be alert to drowning risks when you visit friends and family
  • test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • when carrying out any DIY, avoid falls from height by checking a ladder’s condition before use and always supervise children, especially when power tools and lawnmowers are being used
  • tidy up all DIY equipment straight after the job is done

There is further useful information and advice at the pages below:

Falls

Falls are by far the most common accidents, accounting for almost half of all injuries or deaths in the home. You can get advice at the following links:

Don’t leave it until it is too late – taking simple steps to make our homes safer for every family member is the best way to help prevent accidents.

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