Your day started peacefully. You worked on a few projects, made lunch, and watched some TV. Then, as you got up to put your dishes in the sink, you slipped on some grease that you left on the kitchen floor. One nasty spill later, and you're wondering what you could've done to prevent the accident. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone.
Nobody wants to think of their home as a dangerous place. After all, homes are supposed to be comforting, peaceful, and safe. However, there are plenty of common household injuries that can sneak up on you if you're not careful. Here's what you need to know about keeping your home safe and reducing your risk of injury.
Check Out Your Kitchen Floors
Your joints can certainly take a beating when you're in the kitchen. From banging your hip on the counters to rolling your ankle after slipping on grease, it's easier for your kitchen to become a hazardous place than you might truly think. If you're worried about your kitchen pushing you to your limits and causing strain, there are a few things you can do to tidy up. Often, this starts with your floors.
You should check your kitchen floors each time you cook to pick up any spilled food and wipe up oil, grease, or other liquids. These are the common culprits as far as kitchen-based slip-and-fall accidents are concerned and it's good practice to keep an eye on them. Though you don't need to mop every time you cook, regularly wiping down your floors can reduce the likelihood of injuring yourself. Like you'd avoid injury risk during a workout, you should avoid injury risk when you're cooking.
Clean Up Your Walkways
Especially if you have children, you know how easy it is for your walkways to fill up with clutter. From toys and blankets to booster seats, kids have a habit of picking things up and leaving them wherever. While you don't have to assign one family member to tidy things up, you should encourage everyone in the family to work to stop clutter before it starts, as a general rule. For smaller children, you can even make a game out of it. Challenge your kids to a race to see who can clean up the most in the shortest amount of time. By decluttering your walkways, you're working to prevent slips, trips, and falls. It's the first step toward keeping your home safe.
Messy Bathrooms Can Be Hazardous
You've probably heard a bathroom horror story or two. Bathrooms piled with clothing, almond nails, products, electronics, and more aren't exactly what you'd call a safe environment. If your bathroom is messy, it can cause you to slip or fall, resulting in discomfort or even a trip to a physical therapist. Improperly maintained electronics pose a shock risk and can even start fires. While it's often hard to get the family to clean the bathroom, you mustn't ignore it. Plus, dirty bathrooms aren't hygienic. If your home's bathroom looks like the inside of a truck stop, you may need to do some spring cleaning.
You Can Prevent Many Home Hazards
Nobody should be injured by the hazards in their home. Luckily, many of these are avoidable and solely depend on your cleaning habits. Though your mileage may vary, it's important to focus on cleanliness around the house. Adolescents, young adults, and grownups alike should realize the true value of a clean home and how it can keep the entire family safe. When you set an action plan and take new problems in stride, you're much more likely to prevent the risk of injury in your home. Keep in mind that anything that seems beyond your skill level might require a professional. Otherwise, by trying to prevent an injury, you might cause one.