Originally posted here.
A few simple precautions can help prevent many common household accidents and keep your child safe around the house. Start today making your home safe using these tips:
- Make sure stairs are clearly lit. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairways.
- Keep exits and passageways free of boxes, furniture and other tripping hazards. Regularly clear the floor of toys, games, magazines and other obstructions.
- Make sure you can see over the top of what you’re carrying to avoid tripping
- Make sure that all of your small rugs have slip-resistant backing. Put cut-to-fit rubber matting or two-sided tape on rugs that don’t have their own backing.
- Mark sliding glass doors with decals or decorations. Someone could easily walk through what looks like an open door.
- Wipe up spilled water, grease or food peelings immediately to prevent slipping.
- Place a rubber mat or adhesive strip on the bathtub floor. This will reduce the possibility of slipping in the bathtub.
- Purchase bedroom night-lights for children and elderly people. Falls can happen easily in a dark bedroom.
- Wear shatterproof safety glasses when operating any power tool. If you wear eyeglasses, use safety glasses that fit over them.
- Never store inedible products in the same place as food. This may result in an accidental poisoning.
- Don’t save medicine. Discard all leftover medications by flushing them down the toilet.