Here at the County Durham Healthy Homes Partnership, we’re interested in promoting health, but also safety, within the home. There are so many accidents that can occur in the home, so we thought we’d give you a few home safety tips for you to use at home.
Slips, trips and falls
- Installing grab bars in baths and showers can reduce the risk of falls and injuries.
- Slippers are a great way of keeping warm at home in the winter, but make sure that they fit properly and have non-slip bottoms to reduce the risk of any accidents.
- If you repair damaged or worn carpets, you’re less likely to trip.
- Try to avoid carpets with repetitive patterns that may cause fake perception if you have poor eyesight.
- Make sure that your stairs are well lit and that your banisters are sturdy.
- Never leave tripping hazards on the stairs.
- Use a stable step-stool to change lightbulbs or reach high shelves, rather than old chairs etc. to reduce the risk of falling.
- Beware of slippery floors.
- Be aware of mats and rugs, as they make it more easy to trip.
- Make sure bottom drawers are closed to reduce the risk of falling over them.
- Try to avoid running cables across the room. Instead, try to keep them along walls/behind furniture where it’s more difficult to trip over them.
- If you can, wipe up any spills on bare, laminate or lino covered floors. Also be aware of liquid on surfaces that you may lean on.
- Put a non-slip bathmat in your bath, especially if you have a shower over the bath.
- Be careful not to overload sockets.
- Avoid taking electrical appliances into the bathroom.
- Avoid touching electrical appliances with wet hands.
- Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together. If the hot water bottle leaks, you could be electrocuted.
- Make sure that your boiler is serviced every year by a gas safe engineer.
- Fit Carbon Monoxide detecters. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is colourless, odourless and tasteless, so it’s hard to recognise if you’re being poisoned.
- Make sure that any gas work is carried out by a gas safe engineer.
- Look out for your boiler’s pilot light flame burning orange instead of blue.
- If you are suffering from prolonged flu-like symptoms, there could be a CO leak in your home. Get it check immediately, as Carbon Monoxide can kill!
- Look out for sooty stains on or near appliances.
- When doing DIY, work within your experience, skills and ability.
- If you are not sure how to re-wire a plug, don’t do it! Any mistakes could be fatal.
- Don’t use a hot water bottle with a damaged seal. If a hot water bottle is damaged, throw it away, rather than risk being scalded.
- When cooking, turn pan handles away from the front of the cooker. This reduces the risk of pans full of boiling water being knocked over.
- Use a fire guard to reduce risks of falling onto the fire or catching clothes.