Top 10 Home Safety Tips You Probably Didn't Know
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.