You probably are familiar with the basics—keep household cleaners and chemicals out of reach of children, use outlet covers, and empty the bathtub, buckets and wading pools when you’re done—all handy and sensible tips for protecting children. But, sometimes we need a reminder that we need to take some preventative measures for our own protection!
Here are some tips from the painfully obvious to the less so, especially with cooler weather and holidays coming up:
--Don’t leave candles burning unattended, either decorative, air freshening or in jack-o-lanterns.
--Leave plenty of space around space heaters and candles, especially if you have pets or kids that can move things around or knock things over. Use space heaters only in your presence; turn off when leaving or shop for one that has an automatic shutoff if it’s not upright.
--Keep stairs free of clutter, and make sure handrails are solidly mounted and on both sides of the stair. Ensure runner rugs and carpeting on stairs are securely anchored, and repair any loose steps immediately. Install bright lighting and use non-slip finishes or paint for bare wood or concrete steps, indoors or out.
--Use a small laundry basket for transporting laundry, especially if you need to use stairs to get to the washer and dryer. Small baskets are lighter and easier to see around, thus, safer. You also are less likely to bang a corner of it on the handrail or doorways, thus making yourself loose balance. Yes, you’ll need to make more trips, but, it’s free exercise!
--Ditch the tiny poster-size area rugs. Even if they have a non-skid pad underneath, corners flip up easily and they tend to move around. Consider larger ones, at least 4 feet on a side if you really need a color accent. Runner rugs can work great in small spaces, or, use removable carpet tape along the entire length of each side and replace every time you vacuum. Keep the overall height of your small area rugs low so you won’t trip over the edges.
Until next time!
Additional Resources: NBC's Today Show website