home safety hazards

Everyone knows that there are safety hazards everywhere; it is a fact of life. Driving cars, riding the train, even taking a leisurely stroll down the block poses many dangers to the average person. But where most people don’t consider any danger to be is in the comfort of their own home. As a child, many have been warned about the stove and the cleaning chemicals hiding in the back of the closet, but there are other possible threats.

Confronting Household Hazards

dangers are everywhere

There are thousands of hazards that have the potential to harm someone inside a house, but generally speaking, the common ones can be narrowed down to fire hazards, poisoning, and choking. While these can affect anyone, the ones who will have the most risk are the elderly and infants or young children due to the lack of complete mobility. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent people from being harmed, each depending on the circumstances.

Identifying Hazards

While the main hazards seem like they do not present a large and immediate danger, they can have a great effect in a short amount of time. The main source of poisons in a home are cleaning products such as bleach or ammonia. The danger of fire comes mainly from the stove or furnace, but a leaky gas pipe can do just as much damage. Choking can come in a variety of ways such as drowning in a pool or eating a small item, leading to suffocation.

Homeowner Responsibility

Taking the necessary safety precautions to deal with the dangers in one’s home can be difficult but taking responsibility for an accident is much harder. Due to “premises liability”, in legal terms, it is the duty of the homeowner to keep everyone in the house safe. If an accident occurs, a personal injury attorney will be hired to evaluate who is ultimately at fault for the accident. It’s always better to identify and correct household hazards in advance.

make safety first

While there are many areas in a house that can threaten your safety and the safety of your family and your house guests, it is important to remember not to be complacent. As many dangers there are in a home, there are remedies. Tackle one problem at a time using several resources and/or the help of a professional. If an accident does happen, take responsibility, for the sake of the injured person.