As you embark on spring cleaning, this is a good time to make your home safer as well. One of the most common places for accidents to occur is around the home, and there are a number of easy precautions you can take to minimize the risks for some of these accidents. Here are a few quick, simple tips to help make your home safer.
1. Unplug small electronics/ appliances when not in use. Toaster ovens, blenders, hair dryers, and other items that you don’t use all the time can be unplugged in order to reduce the risk of fire or catching on something. This can help you save energy too, as some appliances use electricity even when they are not turned on. (Think about the digital clock on your microwave or coffee maker.)
2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the cooktop when using your range, especially when there are children in the home. Use back burners when possible.
3. Don’t snake extension cords under rugs or heavy furniture, or tack them to the wall. Doing so can cause excess wear to the cords. Damaged wires pose a greater fire risk.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher within reach of your oven. The kitchen is the most likely place in your home for a fire to start.
5. Cover all electrical outlets if there are young children in the home. This might seem like an obvious safety precaution, but according to Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 3,900 injuries a year associated with electrical outlets that need to be treated in the emergency room.
What are some other safety measures you plan to take when spring cleaning your home this year?