10 Home Safety Habits We Should All Develop
Suggestions on key practices to protect the home from internal and external threats and incidents
Safety, like charity and love, begins at home. Having the resources and conscientiousness to develop an easy to follow and natural home safety practice is key to steering clear of preventable accidents in the house, and helping kids grow into independent, secure and responsible adults.
Home fires are one particular incident which can be easily prevented by good home safety practice; home fires claim the lives of up to 8 people per day, and account for over 90% of disasters which strike the home. Almost all of them can be stopped simply through exercising caution and putting in place secure measures to reduce the risks of ignition.
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Allianz Your Cover has put together the following list of 10 tips for home safety.
- 1. Always test hot water
Turn your hot water heater down below 120 and always test hot water, especially if a child is near. Practice the same vigilance with hot drinks and food – always place in the centre of a table or worktop, away from the edges.
- 2. Purchase a first aid kit and make sure all the family are familiar with it
This is essential to developing a sense of responsibility when it comes to minor accidents. A basic first aid kit should be accessible to all the family – make sure kids know how to use it, or at least where to find it.
- 3. Keep sharp knives and dangerous items locked away
Especially in a house with young children, keeping any poisonous or sharp and dangerous items out of reach is essential: lock away any toxic substances in a cabinet, and make sure they are well labeled.
- 4. Always mop up spillages as soon as they happen
Avoid trips and falls by wiping clean any spillages or dirty surfaces as soon as possible.
- 5. Never leave cooking unattended and always turn handles inwards
Whenever using pots and pans, make sure that handles are not protruding over the edge of the hob and cannot be pulled down by children. Always make sure to turn off cookers at the mains before bed.
- 6. Check all electric and gas items are turned off before bed
This is essential: not only is it good for money-saving, it’s also important to prevent fires. Make sure your kids get into the routine of switching everything off before bed too.
- 7. Cover fires and candles
Any open flames should be watched carefully and covered with a grate (for a fire) or placed in a glass or safe cup-shaped holder (for candles) to reduce the risk of fire.
- 8. Always lock the door on leaving
Get your kids into a good practice by learning to fully lock the house – and set an alarm if there is one – before leaving.
- 9. When going away, leave lights on timers and some curtains open
Protecting yourself from external threats is also important. Make sure you have a few lights on timers and leave some curtains open so that there appears to be people in the house.
- 10. Always inform a neighbour or close friend if you are going away
This is good practice for families going on holiday, but also for kids if they are having the afternoon out – making sure someone else, who you trust, knows your whereabouts and can keep an eye on the house is essential.