There are a lot of dangerous places in the world. From the wilderness where all sorts of fauna can cause us harm, as well as the dangers of the weather and environment, to the road outside your house, where cars pass often. This is the reason for the home – a safe bubble for our family. A base camp where we can recharge our batteries and feel safe and ‘at home’ before we set off into the big wide world for our next day. However, that isn’t always the case. With negligence and without the correct care or forethought – the home can present many dangers.
There are two sets of people that any home can endanger – the extremely young and the seniors of the family. These two groups are the ones that need require your vigilance and your protection. Their issues do differ though – the young have an issue with education and learning, while the old have issues with mobility.
With younger children, they will no nothing – that’s part of life. They won’t know that medicine isn’t food and that cleaning products aren’t to be touched. They won’t know the dangers of hot and cold, nor the danger of height. This means that anything that ‘could’ represent a threat, needs to be dealt with and move out of reach – sources of heat, toxins, sharp tools. The home also needs to be safe – stair guards and gates prevent accidents on staircases, while you can also purchase rubber guards for sharp corners. You also need to be vigilant. With the beloved seniors in our life, they are not as agile as they used to be and that is just a fact of life. Seniors can fall easily, and the effects can be devastating. Safeguarding them is the best course of action so check for stores that carry the best medical alert systems so that you can be notified of any accidents in the home – and better yet, so the authorities can be notified. Seniors are pretty independent, but be on hand to provide any assistance that you can offer.
It’s not just people though – your home can be damaged and this can affect safety in the home. Cold and damp can bring mold into the home, and rot – mold can be a danger as it leaves spores, while rot that isn’t treated can bring wooden structures down. Any maintenance performed on the home in terms of repair and replacements goes a long way to making the home safer to live in as you’ll prevent environmental and structural issues. What’s more, the cost of minor replacements and repairs will always be lower than a major repair – so work to maintain your home often and identify issues that can be fixed. It really does pay to be proactive.
You and your family deserve a safe home – but it’s going to require you to work for that goal. A home isn’t safe on its own, you need to make it so by working hard and being proactive.