How can you optimize your family’s safety?
There’s no need to say the recent world events can make you concerned about your family’s safety. Still, the biggest threats are much closer to your home than you might think. Car accidents, slips, falls, drowning, choking, hurricanes, floods, and accidental poisoning are all common causes of accidental death. Therefore, you should make sure you don’t overlook some of the best ways to keep your family safe. And here are 5 tips that are guaranteed to help.
Wearing a seatbelt can mean the difference between life and death in case of a motor vehicle accident. Recent studies have shown that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people aged 1-33 and the crash is 16 times more likely to be fatal if you don’t buckle up. Having said this, you should do whatever you can to make sure you and your family are wearing seatbelts while on the road. Furthermore, if you have kids aged up to 12, a proper use of a car seat can also mean a huge difference in case of an accident.
Stay safe near water
As mentioned above, drowning is another common cause of death. In fact, more than 3,000 people drown every single year and kids aged 1-4 are the most susceptible. That’s why you should never leave your kid in a bathtub or on the beach without supervision. If you have a swimming pool, you’ll need to take some extra precautions to make sure your kids are safe from drowning. Installing a swimming pool fence and a cover that prevents access to the water should make them as safe as possible but you should still make sure no toys or anything else your little ones might find interesting is kept near the pool.
You’re wrong if you believe you’re completely safe in your home – more than 50% of falls occur at home and a lot of them result in death. You should pay some extra effort into preventing falls in case there are toddlers and people aged 65 and over in your home. The best way to do this is to keep your floor free of electrical cords and toys, so that there’s nothing you or another family member can trip over. Installing light switches at the bottom and the top of your stairs is also a good idea.
Protect your home from natural disasters
Natural disasters are also something that can endanger your family’s safety, which is why you should also protect your home from the elements. First of all, installing storm shutters on your windows is a great way to protect from flying debris in case of a storm. There are also hurricane-ready shingles you can place on your roof to make sure it can stand up to just any type of weather. Basically, any storm-protection upgrade can be crucial when it comes to keeping you and your family safe in case of a natural disaster. Aside from protecting your home from extreme weather conditions, you can also use this opportunity to make your home more energy efficient. Check out this link to learn more.
Be prepared for a home fire
Another thing you should always be prepared for is a house fire. Installing smoke alarms and fire extinguishers can help you prevent injuries in case of a house fire, just make sure you test them every couple of months. You can also conduct a home fire drill from time to time, simply to ensure everyone knows where to meet in case of a fire and how to get out of the home without getting hurt. Furthermore, you can try to prevent fire by keeping all of your appliances and electrical cords in good condition.
The bottom line is, you can never do too much when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. Having this in mind, you should constantly look for new tips that will help you stay safe at all times.
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement/DIY projects and spread the word about them. Check her out on LinkedIn.