Safety in a home starts by being aware and educating ourselves and family on the risks, hazards and potential dangers around the home. It continues by taking steps and actions in implementing this knowledge. This is usually expressed in the form of preventing the unwanted dangers or a way to deal with them should they happen, by applying standard practices . It is advisable for a family to devise an escape plan in the event of an incident. All members of the family should be walked through all the possible exits and escape routes.  Safety in the home should be taken very seriously has the effects or aftermath ranges from bodily injury to even death.

Common threats to safety in the home include: mold, slip & trips, poisonous gases (carbon monoxide etc.), fires, poisonous substances, choking, cuts, strangling, drowning, burns, dangerous animals (e.g. snakes), natural and environmental incidents, electrical gadgets etc. All these threats have specific standard practices on how to prevent or control them. We will give a few a of them.

For fall,make sure all staircases have solid handrails, securely affixed flooring, adequate lighting, and safety gates if there are small children in the home. To avoid fire, when buying, building or renovating your home, make sure you use fire resistant materials on your home. Pay special attention to roofing and siding materials which wrap your entire home. Also douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before throwing away, never leave the stove or other fire dangers unattended and clear/dispose of dry or dead vegetation.

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