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Even More Safety Tips
Install fencing around outdoor decks, and use child-safe guards at the top and bottom of steps. Keep the gate to the road securely shut.
Check regularly for broken bottles, glass and cans, and remove any that you find.
Identify and remove poisonous garden plants and keep children away from these.
Ensure that there is good ventilation when using paints and chemicals or when the car engine is running.
Supervise children at all times around water. Don’t rely on flotation devices to prevent drowning.
Empty your wading pool when not in use. Dismantle or deflate it and store in a dry area. Inadequate fencing and lack of supervision are common factors that contribute to children drowning in home swimming pools.
Home monitoring while travelling. When travelling, have a competent person check your home daily.
Make sure Paths are Clear
- Remove damp leaves and other vegetation from pathways.
- Fill in any potholes.
- Small cracks and holes in paths or steps can be filled with an easy-to-use ‘instant’ cement mix, available from hardware stores.
- Cut back overhanging trees and branches along pathways to ensure unobstructed walkways.
Avoid Personal Injuries with a Clear Floor
Avoid slips, trips and falls by making sure floors are dry and clutter-free. Secure loose mats and rugs to stop them from sliding around.
Keep Stairwells Clear of Obstacle
Such as toys, sports equipment or surplus furniture. Wear shoes with a good grip when using stairs, especially if the steps are slippery. Ensure steps and stairs are well and evenly lit.
Keep your stepladder or stool in good condition. When using a ladder, ask someone else to hold it steady and make sure the ladder is stable before climbing up. Never climb higher than the third step from the top of a straight ladder.
Watch your Step(s)
Many slips, trips and falls occur at home on steps, stairs and ladders. Make sure your steps and stairs are safe and that you use them properly.
Taking Care in Wet Areas
Many slips and falls happen in bathrooms and areas where there is water or a slippery surface.
Keep Children away from Gas Fireplaces
The glass barrier on your fireplace can heat up to over 200°C (400°F) in about six minutes. It takes an average of 45 minutes for the fireplace to cool to a safe temperature after the fire is turned off.
Your Roof is your First Line of Defence
Proper maintenance of your roof will protect your home from water, rodent and wind damage. Check your roof regularly for loose shingles, flashing around the chimney and proper ventilation.
Avoid Oil Spills
An oil spill can hurt the environment, family health, and result in financial loss. Check your tank regularly for pinhole leaks, damaged fuel lines, leaking pump or filter and overfilling.
Detect the Hidden Killer
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas than can affect you or your family before you even know it’s there. The installation of at least one CO detector in your home is a necessary safety precaution.