Home Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Rising Star Insurance serving Maplewood, MN would like to discuss home accidents and how to prevent them.

What to do?

Sadly you can hurt yourself in many ways at home, from slips and falls, to sudden fires, to mishaps with cleaning supplies or medicines, especially with small children. The WikiHow site has comprehensive instructions describing how to prevent accidents in the home.  Some of the more important ones are:

  • Keep your living space uncluttered. A toy left on the floor or a loose rug could cause you to slip and fall with harmful results. A wet kitchen or bathroom floor can also be a danger. Keep all areas well lit.
  • Practice sound fire safety. Don’t keep flammable objects near fireplaces or space heaters. Check your electrical system for frayed wires. Install smoke detectors, and have a fire extinguisher ready, just in case. Don’t smoke and have a fire escape plan.
  • Practice kitchen safety. Do not let food go unattended when it is cooking on the stove. Keep knives and other sharp objects out of reach of children.
  • Keep all medicines and cleaning supplies under lock and key.

Be sure to take other safety measures, such as installing carbon monoxide alarms and keeping your sidewalks and driveway clear of leaves and fallen sticks. If you have a backyard pool, put a fence around it. Make sure your back yard is well lit. Keep your porch light on at night, and have important telephone numbers for your primary care doctor, poison control, and numbers of friends and family posted and on the contact list of your smartphone.

For more information on preventing home accidents, feel free to contact Rising Star Insurance serving Maplewood, MN.