The rate of unintentional home deaths has been on the rise for the past decade. Although we all know how important safety in the home is, not enough families spend an adequate amount of time on it. It’s all too easy to find excuses not to invest time and energy into safety issues. Making your home a safer place can feel a lot like buying insurance it feels like you’re putting in a lot more than you’re getting back, and you want to just write it off since you’re pretty sure nothing bad is going to happen anyways.
But, what about that one unimaginable day when something actually happens. Would you ever be able to forgive yourself if a disaster hit and you weren’t prepared? You can’t afford not to anticipate the worst. A little preparation in advance could save someone’s life.
An important step in making your home safer is understanding what causes accidents in the first place. According to a recent study, home injuries happen most often when people are in one of the following four states:
If you find yourself in one of these four states of mind, make sure to be a little more cautious than usual. It could save you from an expensive trip to the emergency room, or worse. Also, it is important to take day-to-day precautions into consideration as well. Some key things to consider are:
- Create a family escape plan for your home, in case of a fire or other emergency, and practice it regularly. Come up with a couple different exit strategies in case one of your escape routes becomes inaccessible.
- Make sure that at least one member of your household has been trained in First Aid & CPR. This will enable your family to properly respond to a life threatening situation, should one occur. Learning CRP is not very difficult, and could easily come in handy someday. Equip your family with this life saving skill.
- Check each room in your home for tripping hazards. If you ever need to quickly evacuate your house, it important to make sure you have a clear path. Items such as cords on the floor or clutter on stairways could prevent someone in your family from getting out in time.
- Trust your intuition, and investigate anyone you don’t trust. Nowadays, it’s incredibly easy to learn more about the new people that come into your family’s life. Before you let a neighbor, or a new friend get close to your loved ones, make sure to run an instant background check on them first. A background check will reveal any criminal history, including sex offender status, and allow you review hundreds of public records about that individual. Protect your family from potentially dangerous people by finding out the truth with a background check.
- Take extra care with your medications to ensure proper dosing, and always keep them out of the reach of children and correctly dispose of unused or expired drugs. Accidental poisoning is one of the number one causes of household deaths. A tragedy like this is completely preventable by following directions, and exercising basic precautions.
There is no higher priority on any parent’s agenda than the safety and security of their loved ones. With a little effort and mindfulness, you can prevent the most unspeakable tragedies from happening to your family.