It’s May, which means its a beautiful day, an you are looking forward to visiting friends out on the deck or maybe having a barbeque with the neighbors. But instead, you or one of the kids end up sitting in the ER because you fell, got burned, or another hurtful thing happened. Serious household accidents do happen- more than 7 million times a year. Taking simple precautions and making easy changes around the house can help avoid personal harm and related hospital and aftercare bills.
• Fence in pools and water features, and keep surrounding areas clear of toys, leaves and other items that someone could trip or slip on.
• Store outdoor extension cords when not in use.
• Pick up all tools and garden tools when not in use. Never leave a shovel sticking out of the ground.
• When cooking (and grilling), do not wear loose-fitting clothing or dangling sleeves that could catch fire on an open flame.
• Make sure you have secure, easy-to-grip handrails along all stairs.
• Ensure loose carpeting and tiles are secured to the floor.