It’s June and that means it is National Safety Month.
The National Safety Council sets aside this month every year to focus on reducing accidents and injuries in our homes. Why? Because unintentional injuries in the home result in an average of 21 million medical visits each year – and most can be prevented.
The most common causes of injuries and accidents in the home are: falls, poisoning, water-related issues, and fires and burns.
Here are some simple ways to make your home safer:
- Clear clutter. Items cluttering the floor are a major contributor to falls. Return them to storage bins and closets whenever possible.
- Secure rugs. Using non-slip rug pads under your area rugs not only lengthens the life of the rug, but it reduces slippage, and thus falls.
- Safety-proof your stairs. Attaching carpeting or a runner to hardwood stairs provides greater traction for you, your kids, and your pets.
- To reduce the possibility of poisoning and fire make sure to have your heaters and fireplaces cleaned every year before winter hits.
- To prevent water-related injuries make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are turned off when you’re not using them and get in the habit of keeping toilet lids closed.
- Have a family meeting to discuss what to do in case of a fire. This simple five-minute conversation is a proven lifesaver.
If you need help cleaning your carpet, lighting fixtures, air vents and returns, or wood surfaces – making your home safer for your entire family – call us at 507-366-7149.