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Top 10 Home Safety Tips You Probably Didn't Know

Updated on April 30, 2009

 There are a growing number of home accidents showing up in the statistics, and the vast majority of them can very easily be prevented by taking some very simple precautions. Here are the top ten home safety tips that can be very effective in preventing home accidents that I'll bet you were unaware of!

So... Did you know:

  1. That you should never dry clean electric blankets? Dry cleaning could damage some of the insulation fittings and end up causing ignition and a fire. You can machine wash and dry the blankets, however. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and to use low heat.
  2. That you should not store liquid pesticides in an unheated shed or garage over the winter? Freezing will reduce their effectiveness and some may even become more flammable.
  3. That you should never answer a landline phone when you’re in the bathtub? It takes electricity to ring the bell, and if you should happen to touch the phone just as it rings again you could complete a circuit and be electrocuted.
  4. That many art and craft supplies are toxic? Read the label carefully before you buy, and be sure to follow all directions. Be extra cautious when you use materials not marketed as art materials, for they may not have safety instructions. If the supplies are for young children, substitute non-dangerous materials for the dangerous ones.
  5. That bacteria grow best in foods that are moist, high in protein, and non-acidic? This is why you should be extra careful with meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and milk. Many vegetables contain some acid, which slows bacterial growth,while dry foods like flour and sugar don’t have enough moisture.
  6. That a major cause of food poisoning is improper food handing? Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before you touch food. Don’t thaw frozen food on the kitchen counter, as a far preferable place is in the microwave or in the refrigerator. If you cut raw meat on your cutting board, wash it thoroughly before cutting anything else. And don’t use an old wooden board as bacteria can be trapped in the cracks.
  7. That children often choke on round items that can lodge in their wind pipes? Round food like wiener slices should be cut in half before you feed them to young children.
  8. That a child can drown in less than two inches of water? Keep diaper pails tightly closed, empty cleaning buckets as soon as you’re finished, and never leave a child unattended near a container with liquid in it.
  9. That children who ride in car seats are not only safer, they’re better behaved? A study at the University of Kansas found that children who were not in car seats misbehaved almost 96% of the time, while children who rode in car seats misbehaved only about 3% of the time. Not only will the child be safer in a car seat, but the driver is less likely to be distracted and then all the passengers in the vehicle will have a far better chance of arriving at their destination safely!
  10. That there are three types of home fires? Class A fires are made of ordinary materials like paper or wood. Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids, such as grease. Class C fires are electrical fires. When you buy a fire extinguisher, be sure it’s a multi-purpose one that works on all three types. It should have an outer label that says “ABC” and should also have the seal of an independent testing lab.



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      Victor 3 years ago

      Thanks Hal Licino. I am also aware about the safety of my home that is why I bought home safe devices and storage for more security. So wherever I go, no worries to think. :)

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      LeoSavage 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great list. Some of this stuff I did not know. An eye opener indeed! Thanks again.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Put on rubber gloves, get some diluted bleach and go at 'er. There are probably enough germs on that counter to eat YOU! :)

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Now that I think about it, our kitchen counter stays dirty all the time. I don't think any one else bothers to clean it but me. That is if I make my own foreign food once in a blue moon. That also makes me wonder how mom preps everything for supper on it. Gaaah, am having a sour stomach moment...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, Lisa. That's an amazing story and I'm sure you are extremely relieved that it had a happy ending. It just goes to show that when children are involved it pays to be extremely careful in everything you do!

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      Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hal, your Number 7 (about round food and children) struck me, because when my son was a little over two I made the mistake of handing him a boiled egg (assuming he'd take a bite out of it). Instead, he popped the whole thing in his mouth and started to cry because he couldn't breathe! It hadn't lodge in his throat or anything, but I couldn't believe how I was dumb enough to just assume he'd bite it first. Of course, then I had to poke it with my finger and break it up, and I worried that it would choke him because the broken yoke was powdery. Live and learn - and good Hub.