Summer is a great time to catch up with friends and family. Before having them over to your home, however, there are safety issues you need to consider. If a friend or relative is injured on your property, you may be liable for damages. Therefore, it is important to “accident-proof” your home to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your guests.
When accident-proofing your home, focus on the following areas:
Entrances. When your guest walks into your home, are there any safety hazards that may injure them? In order to accident-proof your front, back, and side entrances, make sure the walkways are free from cracks, holes, loose bricks or stones. It is also a good idea to put outdoor motion sensitive lights around each entrance to help your guests see their way.
Living room. When accident-proofing your living room, pay attention to clutter and electrical power cords that could be potential trip hazards to your guests. Make sure furniture and curtains are at least 12 inches away from baseboard heaters, and have your chimney and fireplace inspected. In addition, replace rugs that slip, and put a new screen on your fireplace to prevent sparks from entering the living room.
Kitchen. In the kitchen, make sure all flammable materials, including paper towels, curtains, and hand towels, remain a safe distance from the oven and stove burners. You should also turn pot handles inward so your guests don’t accidentally bump and spill hot contents. In addition, it is a good idea to clean your stove and appliances regularly to avoid grease buildup.
Bathrooms. In the bathrooms, put a nonskid mat in the shower or tub to help your guests avoid slipping. Also, if you do not have a sturdy handle bar by the shower or tub, install one before your guests arrive. Taking these precautionary measures can help avoid an accident or injury in the bathroom.
Bedrooms. It is important to keep a carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom. Also, put a smoke detector on each floor of your house. In many cities and states, this is required by law. You should also make sure the room has adequate lighting, and put a lamp close to the bed for your guests’ comfort and ease.
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