How To Design Accident Proof Homes

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Despite the very settling environment of our homes where comfort is a priority and relaxation is inbuilt, houses are still unsafe. We do not only mean they are prone to theft, but also accidents, which are surprisingly  common.
We all know about construction industry, where a number of accidents occur on a regular basis despite there being companies like TotalContec providing safety gears and tools to make the job easier. However, houses aren’t very safe even once  built.

Our homes can oftentimes be the most hazardous and unsafe places to inhabit. According to statistics, more than 15,000 people are victims of accidents at home. Most of these accidents in the house happen as a result of being too laid back and comfortable in our daily routine.

Here are a few tips that can prevent the onslaught of such happenings and hence help you avoid unwanted brutalities:

  1. The  Basics

Let’s start with the basics. Make sure all the heavy furniture and appliances such as TV and fridge are well grounded and have stable resting foots.

A minor monthly inspection for loose joints or bolts will be sufficient to prevent any long-term harm.

Electronics such as microwaves and ovens should be well pushed far towards walls and a few inches away from the edges.

Other items like drawer stands and living room cupboards should be well against walls and away from walkways so that there is no risk of them falling.


  1. Furniture

Try to minimize buying tall slender furniture pieces such as long thin lamps as they can fall down even with a small knock. Instead, buy furniture that is heavy but easy to carry so that the risk is minimized.


  1. Stairs

Make sure the areas that require climbing or descending such as stairs, steps etc., are well lit and have easy access to switches. You can install lights that turn on in case of any movement so that the risk is minimized. They are not very expensive and can even help save you energy as you can find energy efficient sensors too.

Make sure to clean stairs regularly as dust and debris can make them slippery. This can be very risky if you have children around or if you are in the habit of climbing stairs in a hurry, especially with heels on.

Routinely cleaned and mopped stairs minimize friction and lead to safer climbing and running.

  1. Appliances

Make sure all appliances are away from water to avoid the risk of short circuits. As rule of thumb remember water and electricity are to never be in the same place.

The same goes for appliances, such as shavers, that are typically used in the bathroom. They should be operated with care.

  1. Clear  Path

Declutter any wires and and make sure to keep the floor space as empty as you car. Ask your designer or contractor to be careful when installing wires so they are not out in the open.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.
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