During lockdown we all spent a lot of time at home. Many of us still are. While we are staying indoors and staying safe, sometimes even our home comforts can cause havoc if left undetected. Therefore, it is more crucial now than ever to be aware of any household hazards and put measures in place to protect yourself. Today, we’ll be giving you some tips on staying safe at home.
Staying Safe At Home – Our Top Tips
The Importance of Being Self Aware
Firstly, take a moment to reflect on yourself. Are the clothes you are wearing fit for purpose? Is there anything you wear which may impede your day to day routine? For example, loose fitting sleeves can be a fire hazard when cooking. Are your shoes in good condition? Shoes which you have worn for a long time might have less grip due to wearing away of the soles. This could increase your risk of slipping over or having a fall.
Making this simple check on a daily basis may seem excessive. However, it is essential for staying safe at home.
Taking Care of What is Around You
It goes without saying that looking after yourself should be your number one priority when it comes to staying safe at home. This means taking care of your surroundings too.
Look at the room you are currently in. Is there something on the floor that does not belong there? What about furniture blocking your route out of the room? Is that carpet fitted correctly or is it coming loose?
Again, these are things that you may take for granted, but all it takes is a minor fault to cause a serious hazard.
What Can You Do To Help Yourself?
There are many things that you can do when it comes to staying safe at home. For example, it’s easy to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Here are a few pointers:
- Install hand rails and grab bars. These can help to keep you steady while standing up, sitting down, using the stairs, or getting in and out of the shower.
- Make sure that your home has adequate lighting in order to ensure that you don’t walk into any misplaced pieces of furniture.
- Arrange to set up a Lifeline alarm service.
These are simple changes, but they can provide you with reassurance and peace of mind at a time where many people are feeling vulnerable.
If you are worried about staying safe at home, it might be a good time to consider getting a Lifeline alarm.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 24th February 2022 to reflect current information.