While you may not associate your home with the word “hazard”, when you are doing your best to make it a very comfortable space, it’s important that you are mindful of specific hazards in your midst. It’s not something that we really want to think about. But it’s also so important whether we purchase a property, renovate a space, or even when trying to fix our garden, that these hazards and dangerous components are apparent. Prevention is a lot to do with assessing the dangers in the home. But, where do we begin?
While you could argue that each room is prime for accidents and injuries, there is one room in the house that is the top of the list. 70% of all accidents in the home happen in the bathroom. And it’s not just in relation to slips and falls, you also have to think about the plumbing, especially in an older home. But with this, if you ever suspect a problem of this type, it’s important to get in contact with a specialist like Huttie Group so they can fix the issue quickly. This is something that we can’t always do ourselves. And if we want to fix the problem, the most we can do is usually turn the water off. But when it comes to the bathroom, you’ve got to be mindful that there are so many different bits of hazards, not just in terms of the plumbing, but there could be electrocution hazards. But the best ways to fix these would be to minimise slippery surfaces and keep electrics out of the bathroom completely.
Sometimes, it’s just about getting a perspective of what can be a hazard. There is nothing more sobering than when you have children because they don’t have that spatial awareness that we do. And what we can do to gain a perspective of this is to, literally, get on the floor! There are so many things that could poke out that we have noticed before, numerous sharp edges, and maybe there are parts of the home that aren’t as spacious as we’d like them to be, and as such, it’s easy for us to catch on something. But when we get a perspective of what hazards could be, we can very easily minimise these. And it’s not just about the things that stick out, it’s about the electrics, it’s about the wiring, but also, those surfaces that may be hard to reach for small people.
It’s all about practice. The more you think about this, the more it becomes a habit. We don’t like to think that there’s danger lurking around every corner. But in the home, where we are meant to relax, as long as we have an idea the back of our heads what can be a hazard, we can better prevent these things. It’s a very simple thing, but it’s something that many of us don’t really think about. And this is why it’s easier to get into the mindset of safety once you know exactly what the problems are in your home.