Personal space is our source of comfort and security. But how often do you think about what actually keeps the space around you safe? For example your home? Truth is, safety doesn’t come into mind until an accident occurs. If you want to keep your everyday space safe, keep reading on some tips on what you should be aware of for your own sake:
Wires and electrical appliances
In a modern day setting, it is normal to have a few electrical appliances in each room, usually more than there are wall sockets. As a result we plug all of our electrical appliances on an extension cord. This is a hazard in itself as you can trip over it if misplaced, a quick fix to this is to get a cable tidier and wrap the wire around it for a neater, less hazardous arrangement.
Other mishaps include overloading the extension cable and causing it to overheat, which then results in a fire. To prevent this from happening, make sure the cord is insulating properly, like above rather than hidden under a rug so it can cool down; and keep the number of appliances connected to the extension cord to a maximum of one per socket.
Spillages and breakages
Whether it is a drink or a vase, spillage or breakage can happen if you place them too close to an edge.
Spillages can cause inconveniences if it lands your carpet causing a stain, but you could hurt yourself if it is spilt over tiled floors because of its slippery surface. If this happens, you should mop your floor to soak up the majority of the liquid, finish by using a dry towel and wiping the floor thoroughly.
Glass breakages can cause unwanted injuries, so make sure to put on some shoes before attempting to clean up the mess. Do not pick up the glass with bare hands, instead use a broom to collect the large visible pieces. For tinier pieces, try using a damp towel and run it over the entire area where there might be potential shards of glass. Shake it thoroughly to get rid of the glass from the towel before using it again.
It is important for you to prevent burglary from happening to your safe place. The ways to do this are simple. You should ensure all doors and windows are locked before leaving the house. For extra precaution, you can install security cameras and/or alarms outside the house to provide an extra level of security.
Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide
Accidents caused by fire, smoke and carbon monoxide are significantly rarer than any of the matters mentioned above, however a single mistake can be fatal, so it is not a detail you would want to overlook. Keep a watchful eye for candles before leaving the room or the house, blow them out if you think you might forget about it later. You should also install and test your smoke alarms regularly.
Carbon monoxide poisoning, although rare, is a highly dangerous if you are exposed to high levels of it. The symptoms aren’t always obvious either: these can include dizziness, nausea, tiredness and shortness of breath, all of which are relatively similar to food poisoning or the flu. To prevent yourself from being in harm’s way, install a carbon monoxide detector to warn you of any irregularities in the air.
These are just a few of the risks you might find at home, there are certainly more things for you to be looking out for in your daily life. Once you have got your home covered, you can also consider places like in your car or at your workplace to create #MySenseOfSafe. Should anything happen, there are always companies like Slater and Gordon Manchester Solicitors to offer you professional advice.