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How To Avoid 5 Common Household Hazards

San Marcos Man Falling Down the StairsThere are several potential safety hazards in the average San Marcos home. But interestingly, most of them can be avoided with a few simple precautions. It is essential to know some of the most common household hazards – and how to prevent them – that will help you keep your home environment as safe as possible.

1.      Falls

Records indicate that injuries caused by falls are one of the most common household hazards. And commonly, stairs and ladders are the leading cause of this. To improve safety around stairs, make sure that all staircases have sturdy handrails. When you have wood or concrete stairs, use non-slip mats or grip tape to improve traction. Avoid using ladders and stepstools if necessary. In case you need to go up a ladder or stool, make sure that the ladder or stool is securely positioned on a flat surface and have another person help steady it for you.

2.      Slippery Surfaces

Like stairs and ladders, slippery surfaces are the source of some of the most common household injuries. To keep you safe from harm, make sure to clean floors often to remove grease or spills. Apply the correct type of floor cleaner and avoid walking on wet floors. Another good idea is to place rugs in kitchen and bathroom areas, as well as inside each exterior door. If your feet are wet while walking through the rain, always remember to remove or wipe your shoes carefully to avoid slips and falls.

3.      Fire

One of the most fatal of the household hazards on our list is fire. However, serious injury can often be avoided if you comply with some protection methods. For instance, make sure that you have working smoke detectors in each room of the house. Additionally, it is a fantastic idea to place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage, and other places where fires may occur.

Another way to remain safe from fire is to be careful when cooking, especially when using oil for frying. Never leave pans of oil, candles, or other open flames unattended. Eventually, know your fire safety plan and how to put out different types of fire. Never try to put out a cooking fire with water – it will make the fire bigger. Instead, how you can control this situation is to turn off the heat source and smother it with the pot lid, salt or baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher if it gets too big.

4.      Mold

The thought of mold can be highly unpleasant. But there is a lot you can do to prevent mold from growing in your house. One of the safest ways to maintain your property mold-free is to keep your plumbing in good repair, and all areas of your house dry. Airing out steamy bathrooms, ventilating rooms with condensation build-up, and other measures will do a lot to keep mold from turning a dilemma. If these measures are still not appropriate, consider using mold-resistant products to prevent mold from growing in the walls.

5.      Asbestos

If you live in an older home, you may be worried about exposure to asbestos. The great thing is that as long as the house is in good repair, your risk of being harmed by asbestos is low. When you notice that your home has asbestos-containing materials, do your best to leave those areas undisturbed. Avoid putting nails in the walls or otherwise damaging them. If you need to remodel, you will need to have qualified professionals come in to handle the asbestos-containing materials properly. Asbestos will only become a problem if the materials containing it are disturbed or damaged.

By taking a few simple precautions, it is possible to keep yourself and your household safe from these common hazards.

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