How to Make Every Room in Your Home Safe
Mold. So colorful, so dangerous. Mold, in all its varieties - black, green, orange or red - can be harmful. Black mold, especially, can be dangerous to your health. There have been cases of black mold exposure causing nausea, vomiting and bleeding in the lungs and nose. If you notice mold in the bathroom, be sure to use protective gloves, masks, and glasses, and keep the area as well ventilated as possible.
Take a hot shower, not a scalding one. Prevent scalding by turning down your water heater temperature. Water heaters should be no more than 120° to prevent burns and scalding. For optimal safety, get help from a professional plumber when adjusting your water heater.
Install non-skid mats in your bathtub and shower. Every year 200,000+ injuries are reported from falls in the bathroom. Protect yourself and your family with non-skid mats and appliques.
Keep poisons out of the way. Store household cleaning products in a place where children and pets cannot get to them. Cleaning products, laundry and dishwasher packets, and pesticides (including rodent poison) should be locked in a cabinet to prevent accidental poisoning.
Stove knob covers. Prevent kids from burning themselves with plastic stove knob covers. The hinged lid prevents kids from turning on the stove unsupervised, but allows parents to operate the stove as normal.
Cabinet locks. Keep kids and pets from getting into harmful or dangerous substances with cabinet locks. These items are inexpensive and easy to install.
Prevent TVs from tipping over. Every three weeks, a child dies from a TV tipping over, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Secure your flat screen TV on a mount to prevent accidents. And, if you have an older set, make sure you fasten it securely to stable furniture.
Don’t risk injury by hanging shelves above your bed. In the event of an earthquake or structural malfunction, you don’t want shelves or other objects (paintings, mirrors, clocks, etc.) to fall on you or loved ones. For optimal safety, leave the area above your bed clear.
Pool safety. Install a pool fence to prevent children from drowning. Every year, nearly 400 children, age 0-14, die from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Install a four-sided fence separating the pool area from the house and yard to lower the risk of drowning by 83% compared to three-sided property line fencing.